Middlesbrough leapfrogged Brighton at the top of the Championship after an Emilio Nsue goal in the 54th minute gave them a 1-0 victory over Burnley.
Going into the game, Boro knew that a victory would send them top if the Seagulls were held at QPR and the rose to the summit thanks to a goal at the front post from the 26-year-old.
Burnley looked good in spells and despite seemingly setting up for a point, Sean Dyche’s side couldn’t find a way past Dimi Konstantopolous in the Boro goal.
Here are THREE things we learned from the game:
1) The Riverside becoming a fortress
Middlesbrough’s record at the Riverside Stadium this season has been and last night’s clean sheet meant that the club have now gone 11 hours and 11 minutes since conceding a goal at home.
It has been exactly two months since they conceded a goal at home, a Lasse Vibe goal in a 3-1 victory over Brentford, and they have only lost one league game on their own turf this season.
If that form continues, it will go a long way in seeing Boro promoted and they look unstoppable when they’re at home.
2) Burnley’s winless run continues
The Clarets have now gone six games without a victory and Sean Dyche’s men are in danger of losing their place in the play-off places if this run continues for much longer.
As well as being winless in six, Burnley are also without a goal in their last three outings and the pressure is starting to build on Andre Gray and company to start finding the back of the net.
Although finding away past the best defence in the division was a tough ask, Saturday’s match against Charlton is one that Burnley must surely win.
3) Strength in depth for the Teessiders
A few eyebrows were raised when the team sheets were released with Aitor Karanka making four changes to the side that drew with Birmingham on Saturday.
While the replacement of David Nugent was forced due to suspension, captain Grant Leadbitter, top scorer Cristhian Stuani and influential winger Albert Adomah all dropped to the bench for tactical reasons.
However, the changes paid off as Adam Forshaw, Kike and Emilio Nsue in a more advanced role all impressed and showed just how good Aitor Karanka’s squad is.
Middlesbrough and Burnley fans…What did you make of the match? Can Boro stay top of the table? Will Burnley end their winless run on Saturday? Let us know what you think in the comments below!