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Previous encounters: Middlesbrough

Burnley have never won twice in a row at the Riverside. Could this all change Tuesday night, asks James Bird.

Last time out

A fantastic first half performance from Eddie Howe’s men inflicted the first consecutive league defeats in 11 months on Tony Mowbray’s Boro side. The result brought the Clarets to within touching distance of a play-off berth. It was Jay Rodriguez who put the visitors ahead when he finished off a training ground set-piece before player of the season Kieran Trippier fired home from distance on 28 minutes. Middlesbrough put on a late showing but the Clarets had enough in the tank to hold them off comfortably. The win meant the Clarets had won seven of nine in the league, form that would have lead them to a play-off spot if it could have been continued.

Middlesbrough 0 – 2 Burnley. 14 January 2012.

One for us

Dobson, Laws, Young and Hamilton saw Burnley take a 4-1 win away with them from the Riverside in September 1982, while David Shearer got the consolation for the home side. The first of two 4-1 league wins on the bounce, the bright start to the season would not continue as Burnley were relegated from the second division at the end of the term.

Middlesbrough 1 – 4 Burnley. 04 September 1982.

One for them

The two sides had not met in nearly 16 years coming into this fixture as Burnley attempted to bounce back from Premier League relegation. It was a performance that became typical of Brian Laws’ Burnley when away from Turf Moor. Burnley had dominated the possession of the game but had few attempts on goal to show for it. The game was a goalless affair until the 65th minute when Ross Wallace forced a corner for the Clarets. Burnley had recently remembered how to be dangerous from corners since their disappointing Premier League campaign and Graham Alexander’s corner was headed home by Andre Bikey (Amougou), leaving Jason Steele with no chance. It looked as though, with their edge in possession, that the Clarets would be able to hold out for their first away win of the season but substitute Tarmo Kink had other ideas as he fired home into the bottom corner after 79 minutes, soon after his arrival. It was Kink again who turned up to give Middlesbrough only their second win of their campaign as a dubious free kick was awarded on the edge of the box in injury time. Kink stepped up and produced a sensational strike that Brian Jensen had no chance of dealing with as it found the top corner.

Middlesbrough 2 – 1 Burnley. 14 September 2010.

Head-to-head at Middlesbrough.

Middlesbrough – 14 wins, 60 goals.

Biggest win – 5-0, 01 September 1951.

Burnley – five wins, 33 goals.

Biggest win – 1-4, 04 September 1982.

Draws – nine.

Worth noting

  • There is likely to be a familiar face present for Burnley fans as Rhys Williams started on Saturday at Barnsley for the home side.
  • The Clarets were one of five sides to leave the Riverside with the three points last season. Boro’s home record last time round was predominately draws as they went 8-10-5 in the league.
  • Before January the Clarets had not won at Middlesbrough since 1982. Burnley have won two of the last five at the Riverside but only three from the last 10.

Can Burnley make it back-to-back wins both at Middlesbrough and in the new campaign? Or would you be happy with just a point leaving us with four from a possible six after two games? Let us know in the comments.

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