Adam Forshaw's late winner was only his second target in the season
Substitute Adam Forshaw's stoppage-time winner carried Middlesbrough towards the prime in the Championship as they secured a dramatic victory more than Reading.
Boro went in front when Emilio Nsue slotted property from close variety following Ali al-Habsi thwarted Jordan Rhodes.
Simon Cox dinked in an equaliser when Dimi Konstantopoulos could not hold sub Andrew Taylor's strong drive.
However the hosts went two points clear of Burnley in the summit when Forshaw turned house after a goalmouth scramble.
Aitor Karanka's side are now also 4 points ahead of third-placed Brighton within the race for automatic promotion, with all 3 sides possessing played 41 games.
Middlesbrough can now guarantee a location within the Premier League subsequent season, for the very first time in seven years, need to they win 4 of their final 5 matches.
On a foggy evening, the hosts started filled with self-assurance immediately after winning their preceding 4 games, however they failed to develop on Nsue's opener.