* Burnley beat Middlesbrough 1-0 at Turf Moor
* Gray put Burnley ahead in the 80th minute
* Burnley had first-half penalty appeal turned down
* Burnley moved up to 14th in table, a place above Boro
* Burnley host Sunderland next, Boro visit Manchester United
Dec 26 (Reuters) - Striker Andre Gray gave Burnley 1-0 home win over Middlesbrough in the first-ever Premier League meeting between the sides on Monday to lift his team above their rivals into 14th place in the table.
Gray’s goal, his second of the season, came in the 80th minute when he lashed a Sam Vokes flick-on at Victor Valdes, with the goalkeeper getting two hands to the shot but unable to keep it from trickling over the line.
Burnley also edged the first half, with winger George Boyd stinging Valdes’ palms with a free kick and the home side also had a penalty appeal turned down after the ball struck Calum Chambers’ arm.
The game was keenly contested by both sides and interspersed by a series of niggling fouls that had referee Craig Pawson reaching for his pocket at regular intervals and showing 11 players yellow cards. (Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond)