Middlesbrough midfielder Grant Leadbitter has admitted that his side were disappointed with taking just a point against fellow promotion chasers Burnley.

Jordan Rhodes had given the visitors a 70th-minute lead, which looked to have secured Boro a vital three points, only for late heart break when Michael Keane netted a 92nd-minute winner.

Boro top the Championship by two points, with Burnley stopping the table toppers from making clear daylight at the summit, by snatching a point. However, Leadbitter also admits it’s a good point against quality opposition.

“We are a little disappointed to concede a late goal but I thought we were brilliant tonight,” Leadbitter admitted to Gazette Live.

“I think we deserved more than we got – but we go away with a point, we are top and we’ve got three games left to finish it.

“In the first half we dominated the football and in the second we knew they would come back into it and when they did we dug in well.

“Burnley are a good team. That’s the reason they are fighting for promotion. They are a good team, so are we and so are Brighton and the three of us are battling for the two spots.”

Victory would have moved Aitor Karanka’s men five points clear, with three games remaining, but Leadbitter isn’t letting himself, or his teammates, get to down about the way in which they dropped two points.

“We came here for three points so we are a little disappointed to just go away with one,” said the midfielder.” the 30-year-old said.

“But it is still in our hands and it is still all to play for.

“We are top and we are on target. We set ourselves a target of two points a game and we are on that and we need to keep it up.”

Boro host Ipswich Town on Saturday, who are in with an outside chance of reaching the play-offs.


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