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Tarmo’s Kink-y boots deliver a vital win

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Middlesbrough can finally lay to rest a hoodoo that has been hanging over the Riverside for four long years, thanks to a star performance by new signing Tarmo Kink. 

Failure to recover from going a goal behind to secure a home victory has been the curse of many a match for the Teesside team in recent times.  

But now, with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Burnley, Boro can approach upcoming fixtures safe in the knowledge that it is possible to turn games in their favour, especially with a bench full of super subs like Kink ready to prove their worth. 

Strength in depth is one advantage Boro can enjoy over many of their Championship rivals.

Despite enduring a seemingly never-ending host of injuries to key players, manager Gordon Strachan was still able to make three unforced changes for the midweek match – bringing in Lita, Hailliday and Arca at the expense of Boyd, Kink and Bailey. 

Kink made an instant impact on the game by scoring within minutes of his second half arrival as replacement for the injured Gary O’Neil.  

At this stage, coming back from a goal down to secure a draw would have sufficed for many Boro fans, desperate to avoid yet another defeat having enjoyed periods of dominance for much of the game.  

But Kink wasn’t done yet: in the 94th minute a stunning free kick from 22 yards secured the Estonian not only the much-needed win for his team, but also a place in the hearts of all Boro fans.

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