Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Going to the Wire: How Others See Battle at the Top of the Championship

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Going to the Wire: How Others See Battle at the Top of the Championship

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Byline: Dominic Shaw Sports writer

BORO were on the brink of a pivotal victory, Burnley on the brink of a damaging defeat.

Yet this time the last gasp drama prompted frustration instead of delight.

We round-up the national reaction after another dramatic night packed with twist and turns.

Mail Online As usual, the Championship promotion race is going down to the wire with the top three clubs separated by only two points following Michael Keane's injury-time equaliser for Burnley.

Leaders Middlesbrough thought they'd done enough to take a massive step back into the Premier League when Jordan Rhodes scored with a poacher's effort after 70 minutes, the first shot on target of a predictably tense and scrappy affair.

It's set to be a pulsating final three games of the season with the top-flight riches on offer for the two clubs that go up automatically.

You'd be advised to book your tickets for Middlesbrough-Brighton on the final day early.

Not surprisingly, rival managers Sean Dyche and Aitor Karanka had vastly differing views of Tuesday night's events.

The Guardian The opening half ended goalless but was decorated with pulsating play. After a brief flurry from Middlesbrough, Burnley pinned them back with three successive corners.

This was an early illustration of the "strong jaw" Burnley possess, as described by Dyche before kick-off. Yet no side leads this division at this late stage of a campaign without their own intestinal fortitude - and Middlesbrough were quick to show it.

As news came through that Brighton were 2-0 up, it was Burnley who appeared the likelier to respond. Barton sent in another free-kick, although again it amounted to nothing.

The home crowd had found their voice once more and following a Matthew Lowton corner from the right Barton should have done better with a free header but this sailed over the bar.

"Come on Burnley" rang out around Turf Moor as Stephen Ward began to tear at Middlesbrough along the left-back's flank. However, now Rhodes finished, which followed a Downing free-kick. …

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