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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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Can Boro Bring Down Hull In The Cup?

  After our recent unbeaten run in the league we can turn our attention to the cup with some confidence tomorrow. Middlesbrough can get up for the FA Cup and bring down Premier opponents Hull City at the Riverside. Kick off 3pm. Following on from three wins and an away draw Boro are in fine shape and a good state of mind to take on Premier opponents in the FA Cup 3rd Round. In recent times we have found it hard to avoid our opponents from the other side of Yorkshire. Plenty of clashes ....


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Can Boro Finally Make It A Happy Newyear?

After winning three games in a row over Christmas hopes are high in Boro that we can make history on New Year’s Day at the Reebok. We have never won at the stadium, we have not won anywhere in Bolton since 1987 and New Year’s Day is almost always carnage for Boro, defeat wise. Here’s hoping we can change history. Kick Off 3pm. Happy New Year everyone and after that scintillating 3-0 win over Reading Boro hope to keep up the positives and banish the negatives as we hope to ....


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Can Boro Make It Three In A Row V Reading?

Boro could finish the year on a high today if we can make it three victories in a row by beating Reading at the Riverside kick off 3pm. Three in a row would have been unthinkable before that win away at Millwall and it would mean a promising end to what has otherwise been a truly horrible year. Reading will be no pushovers, a Premier League Club last season and bolstered by parachute payments they have a track record of coming good in the second half of the season. Managed by the astute Nigel ....


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Box It Up - Boro V Burnley

A bumper crowd is expected today as Boro aim to serve up a Boxing Day treat and bring down league leaders, Burnley, at the Riverside. Kick off 3pm. Can Boro build on that pre-Christmas 2-0 victory at Millwall and kick start the Karanka re-tune? Come on Boro. Last Christmas Boro blitzed their way to two home wins, we certainly will have it all to do to hit repeat this time round. Sean Dyche’s Burnley have been the surprise package in the Championship so far. The former Chesterfield ....


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Can Middlesbrough Tame The Lions?

Hopefully the Lions of Millwall are not roaring tomorrow, all weighed down by concerns about Christmas shopping. Boro could desperately do with the boost of a pre-festive win and definitely need to avoid any last minute slip ups. Boro fans will have to sit back and watch the relegation pack snapping at our heels tomorrow as we wait for the 5.30pm evening kick off. The only saving grace is that Millwall have only more point and are one more place above us in the table. With them playing at ....


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Boro Blown Away

  Boro's long undefeated home run was blown away by Brighton at a blustery Riverside on Saturday. Boro won an unbelievable amount of corners but Brighton showed us how to make a set-piece count. With only a few minutes remaining we fell to a corner ourselves converted by Matthew Upson. A sucker punch and almost a carbon copy of the late goal conceded at Birmingham last week which leaves us tottering only 3 points above the drop zone. This is not going to be a comfortable Christmas time on ....


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Can Boro Shoot Down The Seagulls?

  They have no forwards and are struggling to find a fit keeper yet Oscar's Brighton and Hove Albion are moving on up. Can Boro be the team to stop them in their tracks? Fresh off the back of a storming 3-1 victory over high flying Leicester City, Brighton and Hove Albion will fancy their chances today but they should be warned we might not be good travellers but these days Boro are no push overs at home. Actually keep it quiet, lets catch them out and shoot down the Seagulls.   In ....


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Can Boro Bounce Back V Birmingham?

It is out of the frying pan and into the fire for Aitor Karanka’s Birmingham City. Robbed of points at Derby by an incredibly harsh sending off and a late, late heartbreaking winner Boro must now try and beat the jinx and bring back points at St Andrews. Boro fans have precious few positive memories of encounters away at Birmingham City’s ground. Tomorrow we will be hoping to end this harsh week with some pre-Christmas cheer by adding to Lee Clarke’s misery in the West ....


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Can Boro Ram Raid The Rams To Spoil Mcclaren’s Party?

Boro go to in form Derby County tonight in desperate need of a change of form and fortune on the road. Placed six places but just 4 points above the relegation zone this Boro really could do with getting some points on the board. With another tricky away trip to Birmingham to come at the weekend we need a couple of good performances to stop us looking nervously over our shoulders. Boro come up against a Derby team that have blasted up the table into a play off position under Steve McClaren. ....


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Can Karanka Bring The House Down V Bolton?

Karanka-Chiefs at the ready, it is the start of a new era tomorrow when Boro’s first foreign manager presides over his first game at the Riverside. It is also fmttm fanzine’s 25 year birthday issue. And a reunion for the two clubs linked forever in that memorable Carling Cup day in Cardiff, almost a decade ago. For Aitor Karanka it is a case of jumping from the frying pan of the Leeds defeat into the fire of a Bolton team re-born. Bottom of the table in September they have now ....


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No Better Time To Win Away

Boro’s new era starts tomorrow at Elland Road. There could be no better place for Aitor Karanka to start with a win. For in Championship terms Leeds is undoubtedly our biggest rival. A win in Yorkshire on Saturday would give Aitor instant hit appeal with his new fan base. Boro’s new Basque boss, Aitor Karanka has been well primed with knowledge about the Boro v Leeds rivalry which was second to none when I was growing up watching Boro in the 70s. With no Sunderland and Newcastle ....


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Can Boro Take The Sting Out Of Watford?

  Boro go head to head against 7th place Watford at the Riverside this afternoon. Can Venus eclipse Zola's promotion seekers? Maybe it will be Mark Venus last throw of the dice this afternoon, a last show from the old regime but there could still be a sting in the tail to send The Hornets scurrying back down south. Watford have been struggling to recapture the form that saw them surge into the play offs last term. Their season was almost a mirror image of Boro but the cruel twist came ....


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Can Venus Shoot Down Blackburn?

  Boro will be taking around 2000 fans across the Pennines tomorrow as caretaker boss Mark Venus plots to shoot down ailing Blackburn Rovers. Can Boro finally make back to back wins? It would help the chances of Venus getting a longer run in the manager's seat and give the present set of players longer to prove exactly what they are made of? Blackburn Rovers season has hit a real sticky patch. Now just one point and three places above us in the table, they have actually only picked up a ....


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Can Boro Fly Us To Venus?

  The first game after the Mowbray era kicks off this evening at 7.45pm. Can Boro show true Spirit of Teesside and making it a winning Friday? It will be the biggest crowd of the season. Full of the Spirit of Teesside. James Arthur at half time. Free badges. Lets hope it can bring everyone together and give the place a lift. There will surely be a reaction tonight after Mowbray’s departure. If we can get a result like then last home game that will be a good take off to the Venus ....


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Can Boro Make It Back To Back Wins By Beating Barnsley?

Boro will be taking a large following down to Barnsley tomorrow as we bid to build on that big home victory v Yeovil. Can Boro make it back to back wins and really get this season up and running? After the England glory of the international break it is back to the Championship as Boro go to struggling Barnsley in search of a second away win. Weeks of mounting pressure were finally relieved, to some extent, by that 4-1 win against Yeovil but it is vitally important that we now build on that ....


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Boro Can Bring Back That Winning Feeling Today

  Boro look to get a first home win of the season this afternoon v Yeovil Town kick off 3pm. Come on... We've had plenty of draws, single points that should have been three. Games in which we've had the majority of the possession, almost all the shots on target and still conceded a late goal. As a consequence we have crashed to 19th place in the table piling the pressure on management and players. The fans are hurting and angry. Today could be the day the damn bursts and Yeovil take a ....


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