Swansea were left to rue a host of missed chances as they were held to a frustrating goalless draw by fellow strugglers Middlesbrough at the Liberty Stadium.
Hovering just above the relegation zone, Paul Clements side were bidding to claim their fourth consecutive home victory but failed to break down a stubborn Boro defence.
Gylfi Sigurdsson came closest for the hosts in the second-half but his goal-bound shot was expertly tipped away by the fingertips of Victor Valdes.
Swansea may have had a penalty in the closing stages when Adam Forshaw appeared to block Sigurdsson’s free-kick effort with his arm inside the area while Tom Carroll also had a decent opportunity.
Boro spent the majority of the match camped inside their own half but the Teessiders could have stolen all three points right at the death when Rudy Gestede missed a gilt edged chance.
In truth the point isn’t ideal for either side –17th placed Swansea are only a point above the drop zone while Boro remain five points adrift of safety.
Boring boring Boro: Middlesbrough parted ways with former manager Aitor Karanka in a bid to play a more expansive style of attacking football, but his successor Steve Agnew has shown little indication in his two games in charge that he is willing to take the shackles off, even against their direct rivals at the bottom of the table. Swansea were much more adventurous but lacked quality in the final third and sorely missed top goalscorer Fernando Llorente.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough) - Having been called up to the England international set-up for the first time mid-week, the Boro born defender was full of confidence and helped to steady his side's defence, even under relentless pressure at times.
Swansea: Fabianski 6, Olsson 7, Mawson 7, Fernandez 7, Naughton 7, Carroll 6, Fer 6, Cork 5, Sigurdsson 7, Ayew 6, Narsingh 7.
Middlesbrough: Valdes 7, Barragan 5, Bernardo 5, Gibson 7, Fabio 5, Clayton 6, De Roon 6, Traore 7, Ramirez 5, Downing 5, Negredo 7. Subs: Forshaw 5, Gestede 5.
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