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Burnley’s run at the top of the table came to an end, for now, last night when Middlesbrough beat Reading at the Riverside Stadium to go two points ahead of us.

It ended a run of 45 days in first place since we came from behind to win 2-1 at Bolton on 27th February and that had been the first time we’d been top of the league since Boxing Day 2013 when, of all teams, it was Middlesbrough who were responsible for us losing our number placing that day by beating us 1-0.

I’m sure we expected them to beat Reading last night, just as we’d probably expected Brighton to win at Nottingham Forest 24 hours earlier, but to see both sides score a stoppage time winner has been hard to take and has done nothing to ease the nerves.

I watched the Brighton game and it looked as if anyone was going to win it then it would be Forest, before Steve Sidwell scored the winner in the first half of stoppage time. Last night, Reading missed a golden opportunity to win the game themselves, Matej Vydra failing to score less than a minute before the winner came from Adam Forshaw.

It’s very much a three horse race now for those two automatic promotion places. Middlesbrough now hold that first position but still have to play the two teams directly below them. They are at the Turf in six days time with Brighton making their longest journey of the season to Teesside on the last day of the season.

But the simple message is – it’s still very much in our own hands.

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