FT: Middlesbrough 1-0 Wigan

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka.

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Middlesbrough took advantage of playing before their promotion rivals by returning to the top of the Sky Bet Championship with a 1-0 win over struggling Wigan.

With Bournemouth and Watford not kicking off their games against Ipswich and Derby respectively until later on, Boro stole a march on their rivals thanks to Patrick Bamford’s 17th strike of the season.

The on-loan Chelsea striker bent a low effort into the bottom corner in the 20th minute and that was enough to send Boro two points clear at the summit.

The defeat for Wigan, who squandered second-half chances, leaves them five points adrift of safety.

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