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Boro clip Owls' wings to go top

Promotion-chasing Middlesbrough led the Championship last night after defeating Sheffield Wednesday in front of their biggest home crowd in more than three years.

Justin Hoyte's magical opener was witnessed by 28,229 fans on Teesside, before a controversial equaliser from Gary Madine temporarily tethered Boro back to second place.

But Ishmael Miller and second-half substitute Lukas Jutkiewicz scored the goals to edge their side above Crystal Palace, who will bid to reclaim top spot this afternoon at Peterborough.

With 13 minutes played at the Riverside, Emmanuel Ledesma won possession on the halfway line, splitting the Owls defence with a fine ball for Hoyte, who curled the ball into the top right-hand corner.

However, Wednesday hit back three minutes after the break. There was a hint of offside as Jay Bothroyd picked out Antonio in the box, the ex-Reading man chesting the ball down for Madine to tuck it away.

Tony Mowbray's side regained the lead when Miller tucked away a loose ball to make it 2-1.

Having failed to finish sides off at home over recent months, Boro needed a third goal, and found it through substitute Jutkiewicz.

The Teessiders won a corner in the 76th minute, Grant Leadbitter guiding the ball to the near post and onto the Polish striker's forehead.