Clarets v Middlesbrough...How they rated

Clarets v Middlesbrough...How they rated

Clarets v Middlesbrough...How they rated

First published in Sport

Suzanne Geldard rates the Clarets in the Turf Moor defeat...

Tom HEATON: Terrific saves denied Graham and Butterfield in a goalless first half 8

Kieran TRIPPIER: Back in the side doing what he does best with balls into box. Had free kick saved 8

Michael DUFF: Went up for the corner so couldn't protect Heaton as Boro broke 7

Jason SHACKELL: Had a header cleared off the line. Never under too much pressure defensively 7

Ben MEE: Interceptions and invention helped to get Burnley on the front foot 8

Michael KIGHTLY: Unlucky to see header come back off the bar. Corner was poor for killer counter 6

Dean MARNEY: Threaded perfectly weighted passes into the box to set up chances. Showed real drive 8

David JONES: Comfortable in possession and controlled play in midfield. A good engine 8

Scott ARFIELD: A rare slip-up after a good first half, but a costly one as Boro countered clinically 6

Danny INGS: Caused no end of problems for Boro, just couldn't find the net. Should have earned penalty 8

Ashley BARNES: Had chance after chance but it just wasn't the striker's day. Also should have earned penalty 7

SUBS: ROSS WALLACE (for Kightly 80) JUNIOR STANISLAS (for Arfield 80) Subs not used: Alex Cisak, David Edgar, Chris Baird, Keith Treacy, Kevin Long.

MIDDLESBROUGH: Dimi Konstantopoulos; Jonathan Woodgate, Nathanial Chalobah, Daniel Ayala; Albert Adomah, Jacob Butterfield (Joszef Varga 72), Dean Whitehead, Grant Leadbitter, Emanuel Ledesma; Lee Tomlin (Luke Williams 82), Danny Graham (Curtis Main 90).

Subs: Jason Steele, Bryn Morris, David Atkinson, Adam Jackson

REF WATCH: Dean Whitestone failed to cover himself in glory at Turf Moor, missing at least two clear penalties

MAN OF THE MATCH

KIERAN TRIPPIER: A big part in Burnley's attacking prowess, delivering dangerous diagonal balls and came close to scoring twice

VILLAIN Hard to find a bigger one than the referee, but Dimi Konstantopoulos made a succession of stunning second half saves to thwart the Clarets

KEY MOMENT Burnley did not crumble after conceding, far from it, but it was the decisive moment, condemning the Clarets to back-to-back home defeats after suffering their only other Turf Moor league loss last time out, against Leicester.

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