Middlesbrough 3-0 Huddersfield Town

Gaston Ramirez

Gaston Ramirez netted his fifth and sixth goals in 10 appearances for Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough eased past Huddersfield to move within just one point of Championship leaders Burnley.

Boro opened the scoring after Gaston Ramirez was fouled in the box by Joel Lynch and captain Grant Leadbitter made no mistake from the spot.

From the kick-off Ramirez collected a loose ball, rounded keeper Jed Steer and netted from a tight angle.

The Uruguayan’s curled free-kick from 25 yards in the second half rounded off a fine performance from Boro.

Huddersfield enjoyed the majority of the early possession but the home side looked dangerous on the counter-attack as Ramirez set Jordan Rhodes free – only for the striker’s shot to be tamely deflected into Steer’s arms.

And an exquisite turn in the box from the loanee midfielder outfoxed defender Lynch, to gift Boro the simplest of opening goals.

Having failed to score in his five matches for Southampton this season prior to his move to the Riverside, Ramirez netted his fifth and sixth goals in a Boro shirt, with two goals of Premier League quality.

Victory sees second-placed Boro secure three consecutive wins for the first time since December and they also have a game in hand on Burnley with seven matches left to play.

The Terriers meanwhile remain eight points above the drop zone in 18th and look to have ensured another season in the Championship.

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