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Middlesbrough 1-0 Burnley

Emilio Nsue
Emilio Nsue scored his second goal of the season as Boro went above Brighton

Emilio Nsue's second-half goal earned a scrappy win over Burnley as Middlesbrough overtook Brighton at the top of the Championship.

George Boyd had the best chance of the first half for the Clarets but his low shot was saved by Dimitrios Konstantopoulos at the near post.

Nsue broke the deadlock when he turned in Adam Forshaw's low cross.

Boro kept a seventh clean sheet in eight games and are ahead of Brighton, who they face next, on goal difference.

The Seagulls slipped behind Aitor Karanka's side after they let a two-goal lead slip at QPR.

Middlesbrough, without suspended striker David Nugent, struggled to break down a dogged Burnley, who have not won in six games but remain fifth in the league.

Nsue's second goal of the season proved a crucial intervention to earn Boro an eighth home win of the season.

Substitute Cristhian Stuani and Albert Adomah could have wrapped it up for the hosts late on, but poor finishing and a good Tom Heaton save kept it at 1-0.

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka: "Our performance maybe wasn't the best and not the nicest to watch but it's nice to look at the table and see us at the top. It means we're doing a good job. But we need to be there at the end of the season.

"It took me three days to decide the team. I asked my staff about who to play in the first XI, and all of them gave me four different team sheets. Mine was different but the players who played did really well in terms of their attitude."

Burnley manager Sean Dyche: "We've won nine out of 12 before this, so we know how to win games, it has deserted us for the moment.

"There are a lot of runners and riders this season but we think we're among that. We think we're close, but the margins are so fine at the top end of this division.

"Tonight we played with calmness and assuredness, but we just let ourselves down in the final third."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 26Kalas
  • 4AyalaBooked at 85mins
  • 6Gibson
  • 3Friend
  • 8Clayton
  • 34ForshawSubstituted forAdomahat 89'minutes
  • 24Nsue
  • 31FabbriniSubstituted forLeadbitterat 65'minutes
  • 19Downing
  • 9KikeSubstituted forStuaniat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Amorebieta
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 10De Pena
  • 13Mejias
  • 18Stuani
  • 27Adomah
  • 36Zuculini

Burnley

  • 1Heaton
  • 27DarikwaSubstituted forHenningsat 85'minutes
  • 4Duff
  • 5Keane
  • 6MeeBooked at 50mins
  • 13Barton
  • 21BoydSubstituted forKightlyat 77'minutes
  • 8Marney
  • 14JonesBooked at 5minsSubstituted forVokesat 71'minutes
  • 37Arfield
  • 7Gray

Substitutes

  • 2Lowton
  • 9Vokes
  • 11Kightly
  • 15Taylor
  • 18Hennings
  • 23Ward
  • 36Mitchell
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
19,966

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamBurnley
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home17
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home5
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Middlesbrough 1, Burnley 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 1, Burnley 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cristhian Stuani.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joey Barton (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  5. Post update

    Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Sam Vokes (Burnley).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Middlesbrough. Albert Adomah replaces Adam Forshaw.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cristhian Stuani (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Dimitrios Konstantopoulos.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ben Mee (Burnley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Michael Kightly with a cross following a corner.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Ben Mee.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nsue (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cristhian Stuani.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Rouwen Hennings replaces Tendayi Darikwa.

  14. Post update

    Nsue (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Ben Mee (Burnley).

  16. Post update

    Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Tendayi Darikwa.

  17. Post update

    Cristhian Stuani (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Michael Keane (Burnley).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Cristhian Stuani (Middlesbrough).

  20. Post update

    Michael Duff (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough21134430121843
2Brighton211110031201143
3Derby21118232131941
4Hull20115429131638
5Burnley219842620635
6Ipswich219753128334
7Cardiff218942722533
8Birmingham218672623330
9Sheff Wed217952826230
10Brentford218583030029
11Blackburn2161052218428
12QPR217772627-128
13Reading207672623327
14Wolves206772525025
15Nottm Forest216782020025
16Preston2151061717025
17Fulham215883437-323
18Leeds205871822-423
19Huddersfield2156102230-821
20MK Dons2154121728-1119
21Bristol City2147102037-1719
22Charlton2146111934-1518
23Rotherham2143142238-1615
24Bolton21110101631-1513
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