Nigeria eligible, Chuba Akpom scored his 17th League goal of the season in Middlesbrough 3-1 win over Sheffield United in the English Championship.

Middlesbrough hoped to move closer to the automatic promotion spot, as they were 10 points behind second, Sheffield United.

It was an opportunity to gain three points and force Sheffield United to lose three points, an opportunity they took with both hands.

Akpom scored his 17th league goal of the season, cementing his spot as the top scorer of the division, four goals ahead of second placed, Gyökeres.

The Nigerian drew Middlesbrough level in the 25th minute after Oliver McBurnie had given Sheffield United the lead in the 5th minute.

The 27-year-old picked up the ball from Forss inside the box, went past his marker brilliantly before firing into the corner.

Middlesbrough remain in third place on 54 points and are seven points behind Sheffield United, who are second and occupy one of the automatic Premier League qualification spot.