Burnley player ratings vs Boro as Jordan Beyer and match-winner Manuel Benson keep spirits high at Christmas

Burnley recorded another Christmas number one in the Championship with a 3-1 win over Middlesbrough at Turf Moor.

The Clarets — who were top of the tree under Sean Dyche at this point nine years ago — came from behind to beat Michael Carrick’s side in a game of high drama.

Substitute Duncan Watmore gave Boro the lead early in the second half when slotting the ball past Arijanet Muric having benefitted from Manuel Benson’s mistake.

The Belgian summer signing atoned for his error on the hour when beating Zack Steffen at his near post and the former Royal Antwerp star turned the game on its head seven minutes later when his cross bamboozled the American stopper.

Jonathan Howson flicked the ball into his own net from Josh Brownhill’s corner in the 72nd minute to make it 3-1, but there was still a late twist in the tale.

Referee David Webb reduced the hosts to 10 men when dismissing Connor Roberts for handball, even though replays showed that Chuba Akpom’s header had, in fact, clipped the crossbar.

However, Akpom failed to capitalise from the spot as Muric guessed correctly to save at the foot of his right hand upright to preserve the league leaders’ two-goal cushion.

Here are the ratings.