PHOTOS: Burnley FC 3, Middlesbrough 1

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BURNLEY gave their play-off hopes a boost last night, with a convincing win over Middlesbrough.

Jay Rodriguez opened the scoring midway through the first half after Fox’s corner was dummied by Eagles, leaving Rodriguez time to drill home.

Jay Rodriguez celebrates scoring the opening goal

Jay Rodriguez celebrates scoring the opening goal

Just one minute later, Rodriguez turned provider and after a mazy run found Elliott free on the right, the midfield collected the ball and smashed home past Smith in the Boro goal.

Michael Duff killed the game off eight minutes before half time when his head met Danny Fox’s corner and the ball nestled into the net.

Boro pulled a goal back late in the second half, former Claret loanee Rhys Williams hit the post but Andrew Taylor was there to poke into the empty net.