Middlesbrough overcame the challenge of Sheffield Wednesday by beating the Owls 1-0 at the Riverside to top the table going into the new year.

Midfielder Cristian Stuani scored 44 seconds into the match, after a tremendous cross from England international, Stewart Downing.

Wednesday pushed for an equaliser in the remaining 89 minutes the match, but left the North East with nothing to take back home. Boro are now two points ahead of their closest challengers Derby, but the Rams face Leeds United tonight and a win would see them overtake the Reds’ position.

Aitor Karanka took to the Middlesbrough dugout for the 100th time yesterday, and was “very proud” with his side’s performance.

Boro fans were chuffed to bits with the result, many happy with the recent defensive displays with the Reds not conceding in over 600 minutes:

Wednesday supporters weren’t so happy with the side’s first half performance, although they seemed content with the second:

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