Shabbir's 75 saw him slip five
strokes behind on 216 alongside defending champion Mohammad Munir (70) and Waheed Baloch (73).
That has seen them slip five
points off the play-off pace, albeit with a game in hand on Wednesday who lost at the weekend.
The 64-year-old observed his team slip five
points behind fourth-placed Tottenham and 10 points adrift of leaders Leicester thanks to Charlie Austin's 87thminute winner on his Saints debut.
A 3-1 defeat to Linfield in the County Antrim Shield stung, while two recent league draws with Coleraine and Glenavon saw the North Belfast club slip five
points behind the Crues and Blues at the summit.
Ten points from a possible 15 over the busy Christmas period was a decent return, but the stalemate at Blackburn last time out saw Boro slip five
points behind leaders Bournemouth.
The 25-year-old prop admitted he was 'gutted' to be dropped for Huddersfield's last top-flight clash at Hull KR when the second-placed Giants suffered a shock 35-28 defeat to slip five
points behind leaders Wigan.
Leicester move to within six points of the play-offs, while Cardiff remain fourth but slip five
points behind second-placed Southampton.
Yesterday's defeat saw Chelsea slip five
points behind United.
Defeat would see Chelsea slip five
points behind United, a win will put them a point clear.
And Nigel Worthington's will likely slip five
points behind the Serbs - who are expected to see off the Faroe Islands in Belgrade tomorrow - they fail to win in Tallinn.
But once the Bulgarians had levelled when midfielder Dimitar Telkiyski took full advantage of Kevin Kilbane's slip five
minutes later, the Irish were forced to hang on for end of January at Manchester City.
And the Ibrox gaffer knows that defeat today would see his side slip five
points behind Celtic in the title tussle, albeit with three games in hand.
Last Sunday's derby defeat at the hands of Manchester City, coupled with the Gunners' victory over Blackburn the following day, saw Sir Alex Ferguson's team slip five
points behind the north Londoners in the race for the title.
And it was no more than they deserved against second placed opposition and though they now slip five
points off the play offs there's a confidence and belief within the side suggesting a top five place is within their capabilities.
In fact, I found I could slip five
places in a week even with finishes like that.