Yorkshire Post Power Rankings: Have Middlesbrough retained top spot after Burnley win?

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The movement of festive games for broadcast means there was a limited schedule in the Football League on Tuesday night after a full raft of games on Saturday.

However, one of the frequent leaders of the Power Rankings rose to the top of the pile in the Championship. Has that had an impact on their position?

Here are this week’s Yorkshire Post Power Rankings:

1) Middlesbrough (-)

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Middlesbrough could not break down Birmingham City on Saturday, a 0-0 that Aitor Karanka clearly viewed as disappointing.

However, they rebounded with style on Tuesday, beating fellow promotion rivals Burnley 1-0 to climb to the top of the Championship.

Understandably, they stay on top of the Power Rankings.

Boro will now be hoping that they do the same in the league.

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2) Doncaster Rovers (up one)

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With only one loss in their last six, Doncaster are understandably climbing up the Power Rankings.

A 3-2 victory against Crewe Alexandra on Saturday outlined the continued improvement of the team under Darren Ferguson.

They may currently be 15th in League One, but they are only eight points away from the play-off places.

On their current form, you would not bet against them sneaking their way in there come May.

3) FC Halifax Town (up one)

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Halifax continued their improvement under the interim control of Jim Harvey on Tuesday night.

They stormed past Tamworth, beating their opponents 5-0.

It is like night and day compared with their form under Darren Kelly. The Shaymen were so poor defensively during that period that Tamworth could have been considered favourites for that tie.

While Halifax are still 23rd in the National League, they still have time to climb the table and catch Boreham Wood in 21st.

4) Guiseley (up one)

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Saturday’s draw against Burscough was not the result that Mark Bower will have been hoping for.

However, the Lions managed to come through the replay despite falling behind, ultimately triumphing 3-2.

Given Guiseley’s struggles in facing lower league opposition in cup competitions in recent seasons, progressing to the next round was an achievement.

They will now be hoping for a similar result when they visit Aldershot on Saturday.

5) Huddersfield Town (up one)

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A loss at the weekend has been somewhat overshadowed by the thumping 2-0 victory against Rotherham United on Tuesday night.

Huddersfield looked as though they could be dragged into a relegation battle, something Neil Redfearn was keen to involve them in.

However, Town came through it and got the result, performing in the same excellent manner they have throughout David Wagner’s time in charge.

If they can now tie performances into consistent results, the Terriers will be able to start looking up the table.

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6) Bradford City (down four)

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The postponement of Saturday’s game against Southend United means Bradford fall due to the successes of teams around them in the rankings.

7) Leeds United (-)

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Leeds only drew against Charlton on Saturday, but the performance was much improved on the fare that was being served up only a month ago.

Stuart Dallas is increasingly looking like a clever buy by the Elland Road club, and Chris Wood is returning to form.

Matched with the dynamism of Lewis Cook in midfield, there are reasons to be hopeful about the second half of the season.

However, the 0-0 draw means they remain in seventh in our Power Rankings.

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8) Barnsley (up one)

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After a run of eight defeats in a row, Barnsley looked almost certain to exit League One and drop down to the fourth tier.

Form has improved considerably, and the Tykes are now 21st in the table.

That follows Saturday’s victory against Colchester, a game Barnsley won 3-2.

It is a staggering improvement on only a few weeks ago, and explains Barnsley’s rise up the Rankings.

9) Sheffield United (up one)

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Sheffield United have long needed to put some sort of consistency together this season.

Good news: they have now won two in a row, beating Coventry on Saturday.

The manner of the victory explains why they have not shot up the Power Rankings.

After all, ask anyone who was at Bramall Lane and they will tell you that the goal, which flew in off Billy Sharp’s shoulder, summed up a cautious display.

10) Hull City (up two)

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Hull City responded well to their set-back against Leeds by winning their next match against Bolton.

It was not an easy game, and many thought Bolton performed better than their hosts.

However, Hull came through to secure three points courtesy of Chuba Akpom’s 18th minute strike.

They will now have their eye on some consistency in the league to make up the ground on the top two.

11) Rotherham United (down three)

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Even at this early stage of the season, Rotherham’s match against Huddersfield had the air of a relegation six-pointer.

Sadly for the Millers, they fell to a defeat against their Yorkshire rivals.

That followed a 1-0 loss against Blackburn on Friday night.

The situation is not desperate for Rotherham, but they will need to start picking up consistent victories soon if they want to avoid relegation.

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12) Sheffield Wednesday (down one)

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Like Rotherham, Wednesday are not particularly far away from what has become their target this season - the play-offs.

However, another loss on Tuesday night, this time against MK Dons, means the gap is growing.

They also drew against Cardiff City at the weekend.

One issue the Owls have had all campaign is securing enough victories to really start to climb the table. That also applies to their position in the Power Rankings.

13) York City (-)

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York City came so close to turning around their terrible run of form on Saturday, but could not avoid a 2-1 loss against Bristol Rovers.

They remain at the bottom of the Power Rankings and the bottom of League Two, a situation that is becoming increasingly desperate.

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