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Burnley 1-1 Middlesbrough

Burnley celebrate
Burnley remain in the Championship automatic promotion places on goal difference

Michael Keane's injury-time equaliser salvaged Burnley a point against fellow promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough.

Both sides began the match in the top two, and Boro came close in the first half when Albert Adomah hit the bar.

League leaders Boro took the lead when Jordan Rhodes finished from six yards.

The Clarets looked like they would drop out of the Championship automatic promotion spots with Brighton winning, until defender Keane forced home a corner to maintain their top-two place.

Keane's dramatic intervention stretched Sean Dyche's side's unbeaten league run to 20 games, a streak that goes all the way back to Boxing Day, and ended Boro's six-match winning run.

Aitor Karanka's side would have gone four points clear at the top of the table had they held on for victory, after Rhodes had turned home Daniel Ayala's knockdown of Stewart Downing's free-kick midway through the second half.

Jordan Rhodes
Jordan Rhodes scored his fifth goal for Middlesbrough since joining from Blackburn for £9m in January

Boro, whose gap at the top remains at two points, had come the closest to opening to scoring in the first half when Albert Adomah smashed against the crossbar.

The Clarets regularly threatened following Rhodes' goal, with Boro defender Ritchie De Laet having to be on hand to clear George Boyd's strike off the line.

Matt Taylor's free-kick then deflected just wide for the hosts before, two minutes into injury time, his corner caused chaos in the Boro area and was tucked away by Keane.

The Clarets would have dropped a point behind Brighton had they been defeated, with the Seagulls thrashing QPR 4-0, but they remain in the top two on goal difference.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche:

"I'm really pleased with the whole group tonight, for the mentality. That's an important game, you go 1-0 down, that can defuel you. Not for us. We just kept on and on; eventually they cracked.

"[Middlesbrough] are a very good team; they've spent wisely. They've spent it really well, I think that was actually a compliment.

"I've got total respect for every manager. I mean it sincerely. We're all trying to do the job, to be successful."

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka:

"We had our chances to score the second and the third and with George Friend and Gaston Ramirez's injuries I had to make substitutions. The game was under control for us.

"If you look at the games where we scored against Reading and Bolton, we try to always play football. It's my decision, my style and I am really proud of all of them. When we lose, we lose with our style; when we win, we win with our style.

"I don't know if we are going to get promotion but I'm really proud of all of them. As a coach, you can't be prouder than I am now."

Line-ups

Burnley

  • 1Heaton
  • 2Lowton
  • 5Keane
  • 6Mee
  • 23Ward
  • 21BoydSubstituted forTaylorat 84'minutes
  • 8MarneyBooked at 25mins
  • 13Barton
  • 37ArfieldSubstituted forDyerat 75'minutes
  • 9Vokes
  • 7GraySubstituted forBarnesat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Duff
  • 14Jones
  • 15Taylor
  • 16Dyer
  • 17Robinson
  • 27Darikwa
  • 30Barnes

Middlesbrough

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 24Nsue
  • 4Ayala
  • 6Gibson
  • 3FriendSubstituted forde Laetat 54'minutes
  • 8ClaytonBooked at 58mins
  • 7LeadbitterBooked at 3mins
  • 27Adomah
  • 21RamírezSubstituted forForshawat 75'minutes
  • 19DowningSubstituted forKalasat 90+3'minutes
  • 9Rhodes

Substitutes

  • 5de Laet
  • 10De Pena
  • 16de Sart
  • 25Agazzi
  • 26Kalas
  • 34Forshaw
  • 35Nugent
Referee:
Mike Jones
Attendance:
20,197

Match Stats

Home TeamBurnleyAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home19
Away10
Shots on Target
Home1
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Burnley 1, Middlesbrough 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Burnley 1, Middlesbrough 1.

  3. Post update

    Hand ball by Sam Vokes (Burnley).

  4. Post update

    Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Middlesbrough. Tomas Kalas replaces Stewart Downing.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Burnley 1, Middlesbrough 1. Michael Keane (Burnley) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stephen Ward following a corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Ben Gibson.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Vokes.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matthew Taylor (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

  11. Post update

    Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dean Marney (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ben Mee with a headed pass following a corner.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Grant Leadbitter.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Matthew Taylor (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  16. Post update

    Sam Vokes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Matthew Taylor replaces George Boyd.

  19. Post update

    Joey Barton (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Adam Forshaw (Middlesbrough).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough43268960283286
2Burnley432315567353284
3Brighton432315567392884
4Hull4222101060312976
5Derby432113964402476
6Sheff Wed431816961421970
7Cardiff431616115346764
8Ipswich431614134949062
9Birmingham431612154945460
10Preston431416134242058
11Leeds431415144653-757
12QPR431317135252056
13Brentford42168186063-356
14Wolves431314165056-653
15Reading431312184953-451
16Huddersfield431311195760-350
17Blackburn431115174043-348
18Nottm Forest431115173744-748
19Fulham431115176473-948
20Rotherham43139215265-1348
21Bristol City431212194868-2048
22MK Dons43912223560-2539
23Charlton43813223773-3637
24Bolton43415243978-3927
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