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Riverside Stadium (ATT 28,229) 9th November 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: C Boyeson

Middlesbro' Middlesbrough vs Sheffield Wednesday Sheff Wed

Middlesbro' 3

J Hoyte (13)
I Miller (60)
L Jutkiewicz (76)

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G Madine (48)

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Middlesbrough beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 to go top of the Championship

Last Updated: 11/11/12 11:27am

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Justin Hoyte: Scored rare opener

Justin Hoyte: Scored rare opener

Middlesbrough are the new Championship leaders after they recorded a 3-1 home win over Sheffield Wednesday on Friday night.

The victory at the Riverside Stadium was watched by a crowd of 28,229 - Boro's biggest attendance for over three years - and moved the hosts above Crystal Palace at the top of the table.

It was a seventh win in eight outings for Tony Mowbray's ominous outfit, with struggling Wednesday losing for the fifth time on the road since promotion.

In a bid to put vocal support behind such a fine run of form, ticket prices were slashed in half ahead of the game, attracting the largest crowd at the Riverside since May 2009 - Boro's final month in the Premier League.

The Boro fans had a goal to cheer after just 13 minutes as right-back Justin Hoyte opened the scoring. Emmanuel Ledesma played a beautifully weighted pass down the right channel, and Hoyte was able to run onto the ball in the box and strike a firm shot into the roof of the net.

Shortly after the half hour, Owls goalkeeper Chris Kirkland denied Josh McEachran from close range after a fine jinking run from the on-loan Chelsea midfielder.

Miguel Llera put a shot wide of Jason Steele's goal on 40 minutes following a corner at the other end, as Boro maintained their half-time advantage.

Three minutes after the restart, Wednesday enjoyed a touch of good fortune as Gary Madine equalised. Replays showed the Owls striker was offside when Michail Antonio chested the ball down in the box from Jay Bothroyd's long pass, but he finished well and the goal was given - despite Mowbray's protests at the fourth official.

However, on the hour mark, the visitors gave the ball away in their own half, and a classy turn and pass by Ledesma resulted in Scott McDonald running through into the box and getting a touch, allowing Ishmael Miller to tap home and restore Boro's lead.

Miller was later subbed off for Lukas Jutkiewicz, and the replacement headed home at the near post from a Grant Leadbitter corner on 76 minutes to put the seal on the victory.

Madine threatened to set up a tense finale with his swerving effort in the final phases, but Steele was more than equal to the task and Boro had earned their sixth home victory of the season.

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2 Burnley 42 83
3 Derby County 42 75
4 Queens Park Rangers 42 73
5 Wigan Athletic 41 67
6 Reading 42 64
7 Brighton and Hove Albion 42 64
8 Ipswich Town 42 64
9 Bournemouth 42 62
10 Blackburn Rovers 42 60
11 Nottingham Forest 42 59
12 Middlesbrough 42 58
13 Watford 41 57
14 Bolton Wanderers 42 54
15 Sheffield Wednesday 42 50
16 Leeds United 42 50
17 Huddersfield Town 42 46
18 Birmingham City 41 43
19 Doncaster Rovers 42 43
20 Blackpool 42 42
21 Charlton Athletic 41 41
22 Millwall 42 40
23 Barnsley 42 39
24 Yeovil Town 42 36

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