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Make Home Advantage Count V Reading

  Boro play their third home game in eight days at the Riverside on Saturday and will be looking to make home advantage count when going head to head with Reading. Kick off 3pm. This will certainly be no easy match as Aitor Karanka fully expects Reading to be pushing for promotion as the season progresses. It is only a couple of seasons since the Royals graced the top flight and they have ambitions and parachute budget to quickly return to that top level. Boro must aim to stunt their ....


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Can Boro Get Up For The Cup?

Boro hope to start the bounce back from Saturday’s shock defeat by putting Preston out of the cup this evening at the Riverside. Kick off 7.45pm. If you haven’t got your ticket sorted get down early to avoid the last minute queues. Boro will look to shake some of those Sheffield Wednesday blues out of the system this evening and progress in the Capital One Cup. What a difference a couple of weeks make, we followed up the comfortable home win over Birmingham City with a clinical ....


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Can Boro Shoot Down The Owls?

  Boro take on Sheffield Wednesday in the second home league game of the season with hopes high of building on the midweek win at Bolton. Kick off Saturday at 3pm. See you at the Riverside. Boro came back strongly on Tuesday both from defeat at Leeds and going a goal down to Wanderers. That showed bag loads of character, especially as it was a much changed side from the first two league games. It was a great move to open up Bolton for the winning goal, Tomlin weaving through on the edge ....


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Can Boro Bounce Back At Bolton?

  Boro travel across the Pennines to Bolton this evening aiming to put Saturday\'s defeat at Leeds firmly behind them and get back on track again. It won\'t be an easy task looking for points at a stadium where Boro have never previously won but perhaps the ground name change can be a good omen. Kick off is a late 8pm at the newly named Macron Stadium. Boro go from early kick off to late kick off and once again we face a team linked with sponsors Macron but this time it is the side from ....


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Can Boro Make Elland Hell For Leeds?

Boro go head to head with Leeds United tomorrow at Elland Road. The ridiculously early 12.15pm kick off might well come too early in the season for a Leeds side still trying to come to terms with life after McCormack and under the new owner Cellino and a new head coach. It would be a brilliant boost for Boro to win away at Leeds. Boro have raced out of the traps this season with two impressive wins. Oldham boss Lee Johnson admitted it was boys v men at Boundary Park on Tuesday and just as ....


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Surfing Into The New Season On A Wave Of Aitor Optimism

The first tendril’s of dawn brush the top of the transporter bridge, a new day awakens. Not just any day but the start of the season. Teesside awakes and there is the faint aroma of that foreigner to us, raw optimism. In FMTTM land the optimists hold sway, the naysayers, doom-mongerers, mackem spies and professional pessimists temporarily subdued by a wave of scary optimism. We live in Aitor’s time, in Karanka land and once more we prepare to sally forth into the bright new ....


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Wear Red At Yeovil

Boro fans will paint Yeovil red on Saturday as we bow out for the summer in a blaze of Boro red. Fans are being urged to sport some Boro red to watch our team play one final game at Huish Park. There may be nothing at stake but pride for both teams but after making the long haul to Somerset we can celebrate in Boro colours and hopefully sign off with an away victory. 12:15 kick off at Huish Park, Yeovil. They have saved the longest away trip of the season until last and just to rub salt in ....


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Can Boro Finish With A Flourish?

  After the almighty Easter let down Boro owe it to the fans to finish with a flourish. That means a god performance and 3 points against relegation haunted Barnsley at the Riverside. Be there today and see the final home game 3pm kick off. The Easter collapse ended all hopes of promotion for this season but now the team and manager can show a real intent for next season by bouncing Barnsley back into south Yorkshire and into League One. I would argue that the Easter woes were largely ....


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Can Boro Bury Burnley In Promotion Clincher?

Boro go to Burnley tomorrow hoping to spoil their big promotion party. The Championship’s surprise package, Burnley can gain promotion if they defeat Boro and Derby don’t beat Huddersfield. Boro can delay the inevitable for Sean Dyche’s side by getting a big result at Turf Moor, Saturday. Kick off 3.07pm. The Boro team is on a real roll at present having won three games in a row. But as if tomorrow’s task against second place Burnley wasn’t difficult enough we ....


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Boro Aim To Make It Three In A Row V Brum

Boro could get right back into the groove if they can build on victories at Brighton and at home over Derby by beating Birmingham City at the Riverside, kick off 7.45pm this evening. Lee Clark’s Blues will be no push overs having just thumped Doncaster 3-1 and in fact won two of their last there to pull them clear of the relegation zone. But Birmingham would desperately like to add to their super-impressive nine away victories tonight to build up a buffer of points before having to face ....


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Can Boro Make It Unhappy Returns For Mcclaren?

Steve McClaren returns to the ground here he made his name as a manager and took Boro to trophy winning and heights and beyond. Boro can put a spanner in the works of Schteve’s Derby County side’s promotion hopes tomorrow at the Riverside kick off 3pm. Be there and support your local club. It is fourth place versus 13th and 20 points is the difference between automatic promotion hunting and play off bagged Derby and ourselves. Boro will be aiming to shorten that points gaps and ....


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Can Boro Rock Brighton?

Boro’s hardy away travellers will get in their cars, trains and buses to make the second 5 hour plus trek to the south coast this month when we take on Brighton at the Amex Saturday 3pm kick off. Boro have not won away from the Riverside since that splendid victory at another famous seaside resort, Blackpool in mid January. In fact we haven’t won at home too many times since and until very recent times struggled to get any goals at all in games. It is a chance to build on a 2-2 ....


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Dimi Last Line In Boro Defence At Huddersfield

It was raining in Huddersfield earlier in the afternoon but hopefully not cats and bottletops. Boro keeper Dimi Konstantopolous has been handed the goalkeeping gloves again and given the chance to get over that appalling bad luck when QPR took an injury time lead thanks to the intervention of a bottle top on the field of play. Can Boro also bounce back with a victory? Boro play away at Huddersfield tonight, 7.45pm kick off. Little over a year ago on a foggy night in Huddersfield Boro’s ....


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Boro Can Add Final Blow To Rangers Nightmare Week

Boro’s faint play off hopes might have finally flickered out but we can play our part in the promotion stakes by blowing QPR further off course. I know it seems petty and normally it would seem scant consolation but defeating spend spend spend Rangers and dear old Uncle Harry would put a smile across most chops this side of the Thirsk-Tontine divide. Rangers were hammered 3-0 midweek by Sheffield Wednesday it is only right that we prolong their agony at the Riverside. Without their ....


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Can Boro Pop The Cherries?

It will be my very first trip to Bournemouth this weekend. Boro’s hardy awayday travellers are facing up to the first of two long hauls to the south coast in three weeks. Let’s hope we are rewarded with a victory. Boro take on Eddie Howe’s AFC Bournemouth this weekend. Just one place and one point above us in the table (but with a game in hand) it has been a successful transition for the Cherries after promotion. The home side are on an impressive run at the moment, keeping ....


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Can Boro Clinch Back To Back Wins V Forest?

Boro and Danny Graham finally got their goal on Saturday in that 2-0 win over Ipswich but can we build on that result tonight v Nottingham Forest? Kick off 7.45pm at the Riverside and if the away game, earlier in the season at the City Ground is anything to go by it could be a memorable night beneath the Riverside floodlights. The 2-2 draw at Nottingham Forest was one of the outstanding games of this season so far. George Friend almost took the back of the net off with his 25 yard screamer ....


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Can Boro End The Drought And Take Down The Tractor Boys?

Boro bid to end a seven game scoring drought by striking gold against the Tractor Boys at the Riverside tomorrow. This drought has been going on for so long now that Boro fans might be forgiven for still remembering what one looks like. At the Leeds game someone unwittingly set off the goal celebration music for a couple of seconds mid match. A Freudian slip perhaps but it frightened the life out of many who had completely forgotten how the tune sounded. Whilst Boro have been shooting off ....


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Can Boro Finally Break Their Duck At Wednesday?

Record breaking Boro take their no goals for credentials to a test at Hillsborough tomorrow v Sheffield Wednesday. Will we finally stop firing blanks and get scoring again? Danny Graham looks sharper with every game. Lee Tomlin might be closer to being fit to partner the loan ranger and hopefully find the formula to crack our alarming goal drought. But it will not be an easy game against a much revived Wednesday. Could we feel the backlash after the shock cup exit that denied them a cup derby ....


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Can Boro Be Victors At Vicarage Road?

Can Boro break the recent scoring duck and return to winning ways away at Watford Saturday, kick off 3pm. Boro aim to end their four games without goals by crashing in one or two in the Home Counties. Manager Aitor Karanka says he is confident in his team and clearly fancies our chances after another good week on the training ground. Practice makes perfect. Let’s hope we see the fruits of our labours at Vicarage Road. Boro fans will be keeping their fingers crossed that winger Muzzy ....


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Can Boro Beat Blackburn?

  A big game this afternoon for two teams looking for a win to boost their chances of a big finish in this Championship season. Twelfth place Boro aim to get back on track by shooting down eighth place Blackburn Rovers. Get yourself down to the Riverside at 3pm to roar on the Boro v Blackburn Rovers. Middlesbrough's young boss Aitor Karanka knows that it is all about goals today as his team aims to keep them out but also score with a newly configured defence and attack. The defensive ....


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Can Boro Make Fans Proud And Shoot Down Donny

A mighty Boro army over 4250 fans will be roaring on the Boro tomorrow and making the Keepmoat feel like a mini Riverside. It certainly looks like one and will sound like one too. Can the Boro team take inspiration and deliver a performance and a result to send everyone home happy up the A1? The last big awayday of the season was Bam Bam’s memorial bash when Boro reigned victorious over Blackpool. A repeat at Donny tomorrow would go down a treat. But will we have any new players in the ....


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Can Boro Get Back On The Winning Trail V Wigan?

Boro must quickly get back to winning ways tonight when cup heroes Wigan come to town. The conquerors of Premier Crystal Palace and current FA Cup holders will be formidable opponents as we aim to put the Leicester defeat behind us and march forward once again. Kick off at the Riverside 7.45pm. Boro's unbeaten run was halted when Leicester blew us out of the rain water in the second half on Saturday at the King Power Staduim. A couple of controversial refereeing decisions were important but ....


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Karanka’s Leicester Test That Boro Can Win

Boro boss Aitor Karanka views this weekend’s head to head at Leicester as a real test for our credentials and a marker for how much we have progressed. As the divisions two form teams come together Aitor is confident his players can raise their game and get a result. Leicester’s six successive wins have seen the Foxes storm clear at the top of the table by 5 points. But Boro haven’t done too badly over the last six leagues games either, with only that last minute draw at ....


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Boro Can Add Addicks Woes

Back Boro as we bid to make it six league games undefeated tomorrow at the Riverside v Charlton Athletic. Kick off 3pm. The Addicks have been on their own unbeaten run of late, although it has been a succession of draws as they made themselves tougher to beat. Hopefully Boro can shoot them down tomorrow. Charlton sit just a couple of places and 3 points off the relegation trap door. They will be desperately hoping to continue their own unbeaten run and not to succumb to a double to Boro. That ....


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Can Boro Topple Blackpool Tower?

Boro take on a Blackpool side that is crashing down the league like a lead balloon. Can we deflate them still further or will the Tangerines rediscover a taste for victory and set us off on another annual January slump? Boro v Blackpool kicks off 3pm Saturday at Bloomfield Road. Boro return to the north west ten days after drawing at Bolton on New Year’s Day. We kept our fine Christmas run going with a draw but had to be thankful to Wanderers defender Zat Knight for gift wrapping us ....


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