Boro are six points shy of safety.
Next up? Arsenal.
Boro are six points shy of safety.
Next up? Arsenal.
Adam Clayton crosses from the right and Daniel Ayala heads over the bar from 10 yards.
He should have done better.
Four of those minutes.
1. Stewart Downing's free-kick is goalbound but headed wide by Matt Lowton about a yard from his own goalline.
2. Daniel Ayala's header from the resulting corner is cleared off the line by... Matt Lowton.
3. Alvaro Negredo finds the net with a low(ton) drive - but it's disallowed because he handled the ball.
Well. Should that have been a red?!!
Michael Keane brings down Patrick Bamford as he slips running through on goal.
Boro have a free-kick.
The Clarets have barely had to get out of second gear.
Doubt the players will need an ice bath.
Patrick Bamford comes on for Boro to add some more firepower to the attack.
That was a fabulous chance for Sam Vokes!
The Clarets sub collects Stephen Ward's cross from the left but his shot is straight at Victor Valdes. In all fairness, he had to dig out the ball from behind him.
Adam Clayton! Adam Clayton! Adam Clayton! Just put your boot through it!
The Boro midfielder is fed the ball by Adama Traore, who does brilliantly on the byeline, but then fires (!) a gentle shot into the gloves of Tom Heaton.
Sub Alvaro Negredo nearly becomes "super sub" as he tries to recreate Pele's goal from Escape to Victory.
The Spaniard meets a cross from the left with a brilliant overhead that Tom Heaton does well to punch away.
That's the closest Boro have come to scoring.
Adama Traore is on for Rudy Gestede - at last, some pace!!
Hendrick is OK. We are back under way again.
Ben Mee's header from the corner is on target but straight at keeper Victor Valdes.
Burnley are on top.
But play is stopped with Jeff Hendrick on the deck.
By the way, Alvaro Negredo has come on.
Burnley have a corner and bring on Sam Vokes to replace Andre Gray.
Boro were nearly severely punished there.
Stephen Ward surges down the right - Antonio Barragan produces a horrendous attempt in trying to slide-tackle the Burnley man - and cuts the ball back to Robbie Brady, whose sweeping shot just flies past Victor Valdes' far post.
That was close.
Boro HAVE to step it up.
Looks like Alvaro Negredo - Boro's top scorer this season - is about to come on for Cristhian Stuani.
You haven't missed much.
The teams have retreated into their slumber.
The home side have stepped it up.
Adam Clayton plays the ball to the far post where he finds Stewart Downing.
The ex-England international (is he ex?) plays a low cross into Cristhian Stuani, but the Uruguayan attacker fails to get any good contact.
Moments later, Rudy Gestede's header is gathered low down by Tom Heaton. It would have been a crime if the England keeper hadn't saved that.
We are back under way.
It's probably worth stressing that this is a HUGE 45 minutes for Boro.
They have matches against Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea coming up.
Dull, to be fair.
Antonio Barragan is on the deck in the area. He's holding his face. There's a bit of a fracas involving the players.
Replays show that Stephen Ward shoved Barragan to the ground. But it was a shove to the chest not the face.
Anyway, after consultation with the assistant Martin Atkinson awards a free-kick to Boro.
Moments later "Atko" shows Ward a yellow for continuing his debate with the Boro player.
A Boro free-kick is clipped into the area.
It arrives at the feet of Daniel Ayala at the back stick who fires a low ball across the six-yard area, but it misses the feet of Cristhian Stuani and everybody else.
BREAKING: It's Norwich 6-1 Reading.
Can we have some of your goals?
Sign of a team playing with no confidence:
Antonio Barragan just did that trying to find Rudy Gestede who had taken up a good position in the area.
Moments later, Ashley Barnes appears to catch Daniel Ayala in the face with his arm. No card from Martin Atkinson.
The pair square up for a few seconds.
Now, now boys - although that was the most exciting thing that has happened in this game so far.
A sort of decent chance there.
Adam Clayton plays in a teasing ball from the right which keeper Tom Heaton gets to before Cristhian Stuani can poke in.
That corner was as effective as an ice cube in Ice Station Zebra.
Rudy Gestede meets Antonio Barragan's cross from the right, but his header floats about five yards of the goal.
Boro have a corner now.
Bring out the popcorn!
Burnley's George Boyd fires a fierce shot over the bar from about 14 yards out.
It was rising. And rising.
It's a rather slow tempo inside the stadium.
I know it's warm guys, but not that warm.
We've not had a shot on target yet. We don't count the free-kick against the bar.
Boro striker Rudy Gestede tussles with Michael Keane in the area.
The forward falls over in the box under the challenge, but the appeals seem to come from the crowd rather than the home players.
He's back on the pitch.
Stephen Ward is on the deck in his own area after a clash with Antonio Barragan.
He looks winded.
It's an 'off the pitch, on the pitch' job by the looks of it.
Boro players appear not to press the opposition players in packs but just as individuals.
They are making life relatively easy for the Clarets.
It's all a bit subdued at the Riverside.
This is a must win game for the home side, right?
Robbie Brady - in the starting XI for the first time since early March - clips the free-kick on to the bar.
Victor Valdes jumped up just in case.
Decent effort from the Republic of Ireland player.
Adam Clayton floats a ball into the area where Cristhian Stauni is loitering, but the Uruguayan can't extend his neck another two feet to reach the ball.
If he had he would have surely hurt his neck.
Anyway... Clarets free-kick 25 yards out at the other end...
Roberto_85: What's wrong with "just surviving" every season? Club like Burnley population of 75k. Get £100 Million+ every season brilliant
That was promising.
Boro stalwart Stewart Downing plays the ball with the outside of his boot from the left.
It arrives at the feet of Antonio Barragan in the area, but the right wing-back's effort is blocked.
It raised the pulses inside the sunny Riverside.
Former Spurs striker on Final Score
Is the third relegation spot between Hull and Swansea? Garth is saying yes:
"I would say that. I've relegated Sunderland. Middlesbrough don't have the goals to pull them out of this situation so they're doomed. The third place is between Hull and Swansea. Crystal Palace have too much quality."
Boro haven't exactly started on the front foot here. Ominous.
Burnley are pressing well. George Boyd just beat an ambling Grant Leadbitter to the ball in midfield.
The home side need to wake up.
We are very much under way.
Middlesbrough: Valdes, Bernardo, Ayala, Gibson, Barragan, Leadbitter, Clayton, Forshaw, Downing, Stuani, Gestede. Subs: Negredo, Fischer, Guzan, de Roon, Bamford, Fry, Traore.
Burnley: Heaton, Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward, Boyd, Hendrick, Barton, Brady, Barnes, Gray. Subs: Flanagan, Vokes, Westwood, Tarkowski, Pope, Agyei, Arfield.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)
Boro need a win - and will expect one from this game.
Burnley could do with at least a point.