Middlesbrough fans react to Jonny Howson's performance against Birmingham City

Middlesbrough's Jonathan Howson during the Sky Bet Championship match between Burton Albion and Middlesbrough at Pirelli Stadium on April 2, 2018 in Burton-upon-Trent, England.

Middlesbrough beat Birmingham City 1-0 to continue their unbeaten start to the 2018/19 Championship campaign.

Middlesbrough's Jonathan Howson celebrates after scoring his side's equalising goal to make the score 2-2 during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Middlesbrough...

Middlesbrough beat Birmingham City 1-0 on Saturday afternoon, a victory which resulted in Tony Pulis' side climbing to the top of the Championship.

Key to their victory was Jonny Howson, who pulled the strings in midfield and dictated the pace of the game throughout the 90 minutes. Despite only winning the game by a solitary goal, the home team looked a level above their Championship competitors, with Howson at the heart of most things. 

 

Howson played a key role in the only goal of the game, laying off a superb weighted pass for teammate Britt Assombalonga to neatly curl home in the 12th minute. But it was Howson's general tempo of play which caught the eye of the Middlesbrough fans inside the Riverside Stadium. With his continuous running and link-up play between the attacking players, Howson looked a level above the rest.

Middlesbrough Manager Tony Pulis during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final:Second Leg match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on May 15, 2018 in Birmingham,...

Key to Howson's success this season will be how long he can stay fit, with the player having sustained several injuries with his former clubs Norwich City and Leeds United. 

Middlesbrough's next game comes away to Bristol City and Howson will be hopeful that his eye-catching performance against Birmingham can leave his manager with no option but to play him.

General view of the gates outside the stadium prior to the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Middlesbrough and Oxford United at Riverside Stadium on February 18, 2017 in...

Here are the best of the social media reaction to Howson's performance:

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