Leeds United 0-0 Middlesbrough: Noel Whelan's instant reaction

Leeds United played out a close contest with Middlesbrough at Elland Road.

Leeds held promotion chasers Middlesbrough to a draw at Elland Road, and came close to grabbing all three points late on.

Former Leeds striker Noel Whelan told BBC Radio Leeds he was proud of the side's display.

He said: "One of the most entertaining games we've had this season, both sets of players going about it the right way, but it was one of those games which was a joy to watch.

"Doukara did ok, came into it in the second half. Steady games all round, desire was there. It was a lot more positive than we saw last week, which was one of the weakest performance I've seen from a Leeds United side. We just couldn't get that decisive goal. If we had an instinctive goalscorer we may have won it."

The first half was scrappy with Jordan Rhodes having a goal controversially ruled out for offside, while Souleymane Doukara came closest for Leeds with a shot from outside the box.

The second half was livelier with Doukara almost netting with a header, and Rhodes shooting straight at Marco Silvestri when through on goal.

Ben Gibson was sent off for Middlesbrough with two minutes to go, for picking up a second yellow card, while Doukara had another chance to win it in injury time.

Middlesbrough had failed to win any of their last four games heading into the fixture, while Leeds had won just one of their previous eight in the league.

The lead up to the game was overshadowed by fan protests against Leeds owner Massimo Cellino, with supporters making a real statement to project messages onto Elland Road urging the Italian to sell the club.

20,000 supporters were in attendance, including 2,700 away fans who made the trip.

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