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Live Reporting

By Amy Lofthouse and Jamie Strickland

All times stated are UK

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    A scrappy goal settles a scrappy match but Burnley won't care about that. They're on 20 points. Halfway to safety by Boxing Day. Not bad going at all. 

    Dejected Middlesbrough players
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    Burnley 1-0 Middlesbrough

    Four minutes added.


    Burnley 1-0 Middlesbrough

    Phew. I was worried we were going to go five minutes without a yellow card there.

    Jeff Kendrick has stepped up to the plate with a foul on Cristhian Stuani.

    Ten bookings and counting.

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    Burnley 1-0 Middlesbrough

    Trevor Sinclair

    Ex-Man City & West Ham winger on Final Score

    That is absolutely superb skill.

    That is why Burnely missed Andre Gray at the start of the season. He's back now and you can see his quality. 

    You can't teach that, instinctive finishing. 

    Burnley celebrate
  5. GOAL


    Andre Gray.

    That was as straightforward a goal as you will see, but it has to go down as an error by Boro goalkeeper Victor Valdes.

    Tom Heaton's long punt forward was flicked on by Sam Vokes and Gray was on hand to smash an instinctive shot from 20 yards out.

    However, as good as the shot was it there for Valdes to save, but the Barcelona goalkeeper somehow spilled it and the ball just crept in. 

    Gray scores

    Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

    Fabio makes it nine bookings.



    A final change for the hosts: Johann Berg Gudmundsson is on for Scott Arfield.



    The injured Dean Marney comes off and Steven Defour takes his place.


    Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

    And we're up to eight bookings: Burnley 5-3 Middlesbrough.

    Andre Gray - largely anonymous so far - lamps the ball away after the whistle had gone.


    Andre Gray of Burnley
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    Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

    Cristhian Stuani has just not quite been at it today.

    He is presented with another opening from a corner but fails to get a telling connection with his head. 



    Sam Vokes comes on for Ashley Barnes.


    Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

    Another tasty challenge and another booking - the seventh of the game - is doled out.

    Stephen Ward of Burnley is the aggressor this time with hefty tackle on Cristhian Stuani.

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    Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

    A bit of saving practice for Tom Heaton there as Cristhian Stuani's header from a corner floats towards goal but never had the pace to beat the home goalkeeper.

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    Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

    The already-booked Gaston Ramirez is subjected to cries of "off, off off" by some home fans after he goes in full-blooded on Ashley Barnes.

    Referee Pawson rules it a mis-timed 50-50 and gives only a foul.

    Correct decision, I would say.

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    Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

    Free-kick in a dangerous position for Boro here after Dean Marney handles on the edge of the Burnley area.

    Ramirez is over it... but it's a horribly tame effort and Tom Heaton saves easily.


    Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

    Jon Flanagan is now in the book. We're up to six cautions.

    The Burnley full-back was late on Gaston Ramirez as Boro won a free-kick in a dangerous area, but the hosts escaped without further punishment.

    Jon Flanagan and Gaston Ramirez
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    Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

    A few half-hearted penalty shouts from the home fans there as George Boyd went down with Calum Chambers in attendance, but the replay clearly showed there was no contact between the two at all, and in fairness to Boyd he did not claim there was.

  18. KICK-OFF

    Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

    Away we go again at Turf Moor.

    Fabio Da Silva of Middlesbrough holds off pressure from George Boyd of Burnley
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    Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

    Ian Brown

    BBC football commentator on BBC Radio 5 live

    Burnley have been the aggressors in the first half here - Valdes has had a fair bit to do. 


    Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

    So the referee blows his whistle to bring to an end a scrappy half of football that Burnley just about edged. 

    Victor Valdes had to make a couple of decent stops in the Boro goal but the best chance of the half perhaps went to the visitors when Cristhian Stuani flashed wide from 18 yards.