Burnley 3-1 Middlesbrough

Burnley defeated Middlesbrough to win for the second time in four days and keep their play-off hopes alive.

The Clarets struck twice in as many minutes in the opening half with a low strike from Jay Rodriguez and an 18-yard effort from Wade Elliott.

Michael Duff headed a third for the Clarets before the break while Andrew Taylor scored for Boro after Rhys Williams' effort hit the post.

Eddie Howe's Clarets are now two points adrift of the top six.

The Lancashire side are hoping for an instant return to the Premier League and have four games of the regular season remaining to force their way into the play-offs.

Burnley now take on Derby and Portsmouth before crunch games against Leeds and Cardiff.

They ended a sequence of six games without a victory by defeating fellow promotion hopefuls Swansea on Saturday.

And they set about their task against Boro with enthusiasm, with Chris Eagles crossing for Rodriguez to head narrowly over the bar.

Eagles then drew a save from Paul Smith but the Boro keeper was powerless to prevent Rodriguez from scoring with a right-foot effort from 10 yards.

Rodriguez then turned provider, weaving his way beyond two Boro defenders before picking out Elliott 18 yards from goal.

Elliott's crisp strike doubled Burnley's lead and a completely unmarked Duff headed the third from an inswinging corner.

Eagles and Rodriguez narrowly missed chances after the restart, while Boro substitute Leroy Lita went close with a powerful shot.

Williams then hit the woodwork with his 18-yard effort, leaving Taylor to slot home with his left foot.

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