Burnley’s Matt Lowton denies Middlesbrough late on in tame draw

Burnley manager Sean Dyche reacts

The warm spring sunshine dictated that Middlesbrough treated fans to a pre-match funfair in the club carpark. Complete with bouncy castle, carousel, live music and speciality food it made for a carefree atmosphere only mildly tarnished by the cautionary presence of an adjacent fleet of ambulances and an NHS “health bus”.

Middlesbrough’s Valdés stands tall and points are shared with Swansea City

Middlesbrough's Victor Valdes saves a shot

Perhaps it was inevitable that a must-win game for both clubs would end this way. Neither Swansea City nor Middlesbrough had enough about them to pick up the victory they so badly needed. Boro were hanging on in the final 15 minutes, yet Steve Agnew’s side so nearly pilfered three points in injury-time, when Rudy Gestede profligately headed wide.