A dramatic Michael Keane leveller in the 92nd minute ensured Burnley shared the points against top of the table Middlesbrough and maintained their unbeaten run. They remain 2 points behind their rivals, however Brighton gained ground on them both with an emphatic 4-0 against QPR.
With only three games of the season left it seems likely that the Championship will go down to the wire. Brighton were the biggest winners last night (in every sense) and went level on points with Burnley and just two points behind Middlesbrough. Brighton also have Middlesbrough to play on the final game of the season at the Riverside, in what could be a decider.
League leaders Middlesbrough struck first in the top of the table clash with in-form Jordan Rhodes prodding home his 4th goal in his last 5 games from Dani Ayala knock down. It then turned into attack versus defence as Boro seemed intent on holding on for the final 20 minutes.
After the official held the board up for 6 minutes of time added on the crowd at Turf Moor sensed a chance and a raucous atmosphere almost willed the ball into the net, they got their reward with Keane nudging home in the 92nd minute.
Meanwhile Brighton followed up their impressive victory against Fulham with another big win against QPR. It helps their goal difference too which-before the 5-0 drubbing of Fulham and the 4-0 last night-didn’t compare with the top two. There is now only a 4 goal difference between Brighton and Burnley and Middlesbrough.
Middlesbrough boss Karanka was more than happy with his sides performance and took a swipe at the style of play offered by Burnley compared with his own team. He told the club’s website.
“I am more than proud of them, We deserved to win, we played in the way we like to play and we are in this position because we are the best team in the league and we have to keep going.”
“I said that playing the way they are playing it was difficult to lose and we played really well. We had chances and everybody could feel the difference because we have lots of ways to play, but they only had one and that is long balls into the box.” Added the Spaniard.
Sean Dyche also heaped praise on his players telling the Lancashire telegraph. “It was the least we deserved,” said Dyche. “The first half was a cagey affair, two good sides both trying to open each other up. But second half I thought we were very dominant.”
Brighton boss Chris Hughton was delighted with his sides attitude and hailed their emphatic win. he told the club website he “couldn’t have asked for anything more”.
He added “We are certainly showing some really good quality in our moments in front of goal. Even going back to the last game where we had good chances, some even better than the goals that we scored, we have got goals in the team at an important time.”