Three weeks on, and that result at Rotherham United still rankles.
But Huddersfield Town, who had to make do with a draw after taking a two-goal lead into the final minutes of the match at the New York Stadium, can prove a point, or hopefully three, about their away form at the Riverside on Saturday
On paper, it’s a Middlesbrough win all the way, with one bookie making the home side 7/10.
Aitor Karanka’s team are fourth to Town’s 15th, they haven’t been beaten at home since August, they have lost just once in 12 outings and five times all season, and they have the tightest defence in the Championship.
Just 17 goals have been conceded in 25 matches (seven in 12 at home), and Boro have kept four clean sheets in a row, five in six, 13 this season and 25 in the last 12 months.
They have also added on-loan Chelsea full-back Tomas Kalas to their squad to increase Spanish boss Karanka’s options.
Yet successive goalless draws, at Blackburn Rovers and Reading, have left some of the Teesside faithful, desperate for a return to the Premier League at the sixth attempt, suffering the January jitters.
Can Town, who have won their last two league games, at home to Bolton Wanderers and Watford, make those glass half-empty Boro fans, who have twice in recent years seen promotion challenges ebb away over the second half of the campaign, even more nervous?
To do so, they’ll have to follow up their successive home triumphs by improving on a dismal away record, with defeats at Derby County, Fulham, Bolton and Norwich City preceding that trip to Rotherham.
The two John Smith’s wins should have boosted confidence, and frontmen James Vaughan, on target for Town in last season’s 1-1 draw at Boro, and Nahki Wells will both be raring to go after scoring against Watford a week ago.
The return of Middlesbrough academy product Jonathan Hogg from suspension is another plus for Town, while the midfield contest between former Boro man Jacob Butterfield and ex-Town player Adam Clayton will add spice to the showdown.
Skipper Grant Leadbitter, who scored both goals, one a penalty, when Boro won 2-1 at the John Smith’s Stadium in September, is a key man.
With 11, he has more goals than strikers Patrick Bamford, another Chelsea loanee, Spaniard Kike and Belgian Jelle Vossen.