Middlesbrough 1-0 Burnley

Emmanuel Ledesma
Emmanuel Ledesma

Emmanuel Ledesma's goal earned Middlesbrough a 1-0 win at The Riverside, causing Burnley to slip from top spot in the Championship.

Ledesma drove in from 25 yards midway through the first half to put Aitor Karanka's side ahead.

Shay Given pulled off a fine save from Danny Ings's header and Junior Stanislas was also denied by the Boro goalkeeper.

Burnley's third away loss of the season allowed Leicester to move above them.

Albert Adomah and Lukas Jutkiewicz both went close in the early stages, before Ledesma drove just over the bar.

But Ledesma, who scored in the 2-0 win at Millwall, opened the scoring when he cut in from the right and beat Clarets goalkeeper Tom Heaton at his near post.

Given blocked an Ings header just before the break, then Ledesma hit a shot wide after a fine run.

Dean Marney headed over from close range from a Keith Treacy cross, before Given denied Stanislas as Boro picked up back to back league victories for the first time in 2013.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka:

"In my first few games the team played well but results did not go well. We made late mistakes too many times and that affects confidence.

"When you are more confident you are more sure in your decisions. You try more, you succeed more and that grows through the team.

"Now we have beaten the team who are top of the table and that will create more confidence."

Burnley manager Sean Dyche:

"Their bench's reaction told a story. They were up and screaming, they were buzzing. You'd have thought they had won the lottery rather than scored against Burnley but that is a sign of how far we have come.

"In this league it is all about fine margins. In this game the margins were incredibly tight."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester2214351245
2Burnley2212731743
3QPR2212641142
4Derby2212551841
5Nottm Forest22994936
6Leeds221057935
7Ipswich22976934
8Reading22976534
9Brighton22886632
10Blackpool22886-132
11Blackburn22877231
12Watford22787629
13Wigan21858129
14Huddersfield22778128
15Bournemouth228410-1028
16Middlesbrough22688226
17Bolton22688-326
18Birmingham22679025
19Charlton225710-822
20Millwall225611-2121
21Doncaster225512-2220
22Sheff Wed21399-918
23Yeovil224513-1417
24Barnsley223712-2016
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