Coventry City were held to a 0-0 draw by visitors Middlesbrough in the first leg of their Championship semifinal playoff at the Coventry Building Society Arena on Sunday.
Few would have expected the match to end in a goalless draw, with the teams boasting the two top scorers in the second-tier Championship in Chuba Akpom and Viktor Gyokeres, but neither team were able to break the deadlock.
Middlesbrough created the better opportunities but struggled to convert, with Akpom and Isaiah Jones drawing saves from Coventry goalkeeper Ben Wilson while the hosts failed to record a shot on target.
The second leg will take place at the Riverside Stadium on Wednesday. The winners advance to the final in which they will face Sunderland or Luton Town.
Burnley and Sheffield United have secured automatic promotion to the Premier League after finishing first and second in the Championship.
- Robert Madley