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Can Boro End The Portman Road Blues?

  Can Boro keep on track with a Friday points feast at Ipswich? In this season of bogey ground busting we will need to do it all over again this evening in East Anglia. But could Boro\'s trump card Dave Nugent put our own hex on Mick McCarthy\'s crew. He never misses the goal against The Tractor Boys. All eyes on Boro then tonight, as we try to shoot to the top of the tree at Portman Road. Kick off 7.45pm. It is a long way to Ipswich, especially on a Friday and when there is a storm ....


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Downing Confident We Can Beat Everton

Stewy Downing is really up for the cup and relishing the opportunity of knocking out Everton tonight to put Boro into the League Cup semi finals. The England international will have a key role to play tonight. His experience will be vital if we are to overcome Premier opponents stuffed to the gills with big name operators. Like Stewy I can hardly wait. Kick off 7.45pm. Beating Man U at Old Trafford was an achievement but tonight’s game with Everton could be way harder still. That is the ....


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Sticking It To The Toffees

  Boro go head to head with Everton this evening and the prize is a semi final in the League Cup. What an early Christmas present that would be for all Boro fans. There is certain to be a near full house at the Riverside and a fantastic atmosphere as we all roar on the team to try and emulate the victory over Man United in the last round. Hopefully for the sake of our health we won\'t need to go down to penalties to settle this tie in our favour. Kick off 7.45pm. I deliberately ignored ....


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Can Boro Tear Up The Terriers

Can Boro push on with a big victory at Huddersfield this weekend? It was the scene of one of the outstanding victories last season lit up by a glorious 30 yard (at least) free kick strike from Grant Leadbitter. This season we will have to tear apart the Terriers without the suspended skipper. So, get out of jail penalty prizes either from cool hand Grant. But we should have enough firepower and midfield mastery to see the job through. Huddersfield have slipped badly this season, currently ....


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Can Boro Bounce Back And Add To Qpr Misery?

Boro can make it five successive away defeats for QPR tonight if we can make it a Friday night festival at the Riverside. So, don’t be worrying about all those weather reports indicating winter coming down from the north, stick on an extra pair of socks and support your Boro kicking Queens Park up the Rs. Kick off Riverside 7.45pm. Boro can start to bounce back and recover from the 3-0 defeat at Hull City by beating their fellow relegated team, Queens Park Rangers. Unlike Hull, QPR look ....


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Can Boro Keep Being Winners Versus The Millers?

It will be a chilly night by the Riverside but no one will feel the cold if Boro can ignite the fires by winning a third successive league match. With Brighton playing away at our fellow cup giant killers, Sheff Wed and Hull City at form team Brentford, victory over bottom club, Rotherham, could bounce Boro all the way to the top tonight. Support your local team and help us rise up the table. Kick off 7.45pm at the Riverside. Yes, you can be part of another big night for Boro under the ....


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Can Boro Kick On V Charlton?

An inspired Boro aim to make the victories at Wolves and Man United count by defeating Charlton at the Riverside on Saturday. Kick off 3pm. As fantastic as that win was on Wednesday it must be a means to a winning end in the league. It cannot be an excuse for a lack of focus. If minds are on the Everton cup game then we will be brought crashing down to earth again. We must ensure that the victory snatched from the jaws of defeat v Wolves last Saturday is a turning point in our season and seals ....


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Boro Fans Go West For Cup Glory Night

A mass exodus of 10 000 Boro fans will hit the M62 this afternoon in search of Capital Cup 4th round glory at what we hope will be a Theatre of Boro Dreams at Old Trafford tonight. Boro go head to head, toe to toe, face to face with glory, glory Man United and all that jazz, Louis Van Gaal and all. Kick off 8pm. Come on Boro. Boro, winners of the trophy back in 2004, look to reprise last year\'s cup glories against the other, blue half of Manchester as we lock horns with a revived Man ....


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Boro Need To Bounce Back At Wolves

It is never an easy game for Boro at Wolves but after two defeats and a draw we need to pull a result out of the bag this weekend to stop the rot. For all our dominance in possession we lack creativity and penetration of late. Confidence is at a low ebb. A win in the old gold of Molineux would be a fabulous tonic. Last season we crashed and burned 2-0 in a midweek game to forget at Molineux, another ground where we have had bad fortunes lately. Wolves have lost key players since then and have ....


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Can Aitor’s Boro Finally Shoot Down Leeds?

Boro go head to head with an old enemy on Sunday, Leeds United. The team from across the other side of the ancient county that some of us were born in and some of us were not have a habit of pulling off highly annoying and sometimes incredibly lucky results against us. Aitor has yet to win against Leeds and Leeds. Could that all change on Sunday? A win tomorrow and we will be breathing down the necks of top place Brighton after their 2-2 draw at Bolton. We could certainly make them pay for ....


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Can Boro Bring Down Wolves In The Cup?

  Can Boro push on in the cup and take down Wolves? Boro go head to head with fellow Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers in the League Cup 3rd round tonight at the Riverside, kick off 7.45pm. Victory would push us closer to the business end of a trophy we memorably won just over a decade ago. It would be fabulous to still be in the draw at close of play. Boro and Wolves are a rarity, Championship survivors in a competition that has seen teams from our division dropping like ....


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Boro Take On Tricky Trees

  Boro face another big test tomorrow when taking on Nottingham Forest at the City Ground. Can we keep the run going and see off a Boro bogey club? Kick off is 12.30pm. It is an early start for Boro fans this Saturday as we look to keep on our run of form and make it three out of three victories in the week and four league and one cup in all since we were last stopped in our tracks (by Bristol City at home). It is second place versus ninth but just three points separating the teams. ....


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Can Boro Take Sting Out Of The Bees

This evening is the re-run of one of the greatest nights of last season, the play off win over Brentford. Can we shoot down The Bees again? Can we make it back to back home wins? The rain has stopped now so lets all get down to the Riverside and support The Boro. Kick off 7.45pm. It hardly seems like last week, that emphatic victory that rubber stamped our date with destiny at Wembley against Norwich. What was to follow wasn’t quite so successful of course but that evening against ....


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Boro V Mk Dons

  Can Boro make it a home victory this afternoon in the first ever meeting with MK Dons? After that resounding win at bogey ground, Hillsborough, a win would be the perfect way to step on it after the international break. All down to the Riverside, kick off 3pm. Boro can dismiss all the bad memories of our last home action defeat to Bristol City. A win today will move us forward again and reerect the fortress Riverside. It is a long, long season, no titles were ever won in the first ....


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Boro Look For Away League Win V Owls

    A week on from the shock home defeat against Bristol City, Boro head to Hillsborough in search of the first league win on the road this season. Last time out against Wednesday, Boro made significant changes to the squad and suffered a 2-0 defeat that seemed to suck the life out of the optimism of automatic promotion. Boro lost the game 2-0 with goals from Atdhe Nuhiu and Will Keane. Having done the double over the Boro last season, a trip to Hillsborough provides an opportunity ....


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Boro\'s Burton Tester

  Boro face a really stiff test tonight with an away cup tie at Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink\'s Burton Albion. Having fallen to a home defeat on Saturday to Bristol City the last thing we want is to slip up on a banana skin in the cup. Boro old boy Jimmy Floyd will have plenty of motivation to underline his credentials as an up and coming young manager. After winning promotion from League Two last season no one will treat the visit to the Pirelli Stadium stadium lightly. 7.45pm kick off. ....


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Can Boro Rock The Robins Of Bristol City?

  It is another big Saturday at the Riverside as Boro go head to head with Bristol City, can we stay unbeaten and make it two home wins? Boro dropped points to a late, late strike at Derby in mid-week and so will be looking to make the most of home advantage and bank three points. The win against Bolton was so impressive last weekend, the first half quite scintilating football, make sure you are part of the crowd roaring on Boro. Kick off 3pm. Five minutes from time on Wednesday night, ....


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Can Boro Profit At The Ipro?

Boro face a real test of promotion credentials when coming face to face with Derby tonight at the iPro Stadium. Can we repeat last season’s 1-0 away win? It would certainly make it a brilliant start to the season for Aitor Karanka’s fast improving team. Kick off 7.45pm. Boro had the luxury of being able to ease off the gas in the second period against Bolton on Saturday but we will be pushed all the way tonight by another side greedily eyeing up Premier promotion in Paul ....


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Boro Plot To Start With A Win Against Bolton

It is a re-run of the Carling Cup final of too many years ago now to mention but can Boro sprint out of the blocks again and make it a winning start to the Riverside campaign? Boro’s big kick off for the home programme starts tomorrow as we welcome the Trotters of Red Rose Bolton over the Pennines and into the Riverside lions den. Hopefully Aitor’s boys can serve us a spectacle, a feast of football fun and above all get us off to a 3 pointer in the first home of the new ....


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Boro Aim To Avoid Cup Shocker

In a week of cup shocks Boro will be aiming to buck the trend tonight by beating Oldham at Boundary Park. Seven championship teams were toppled yesterday in the first Round of the Capital One Cup. Both home and away sides from our league were felled by lower league opponents. Boro must be on their guard tonight to ensure we do not add our name to the list of the fallen. It is a déjà vu time tonight as Boro head back to Oldham, almost exactly a calendar year since our first round ....


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Match Preview – Preston North End Vs Boro

The final game of the card on the opening weekend sees the Boro travelling just over a hundred miles to Deepdale, the home of League One playoff winners, Preston North End. A tie that was always going to be picked for TV – the losing Championship finalists vs the last in to this year’s division. Preamble Preston last graced the second tier in 2011, finishing 22nd that year. PNE spent two seasons in the third tier finishing mid-table before finally breaking into the higher ....


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Boro V Getafe

  Boro\'s final pre-season friendly and first of the summer at home sees Spanish top flight side Getafe arrive at the Riverside. Kick off is 3pom and it is West Stand only at this stage. Get there half an hour earlier if you haven\'t already got your ticket. Last season we found Villarreal rather too hot to handle and today\'s opposition will prove another stern test for Aitor Karanka\'s squad. It will also be a chance for the home fans to get reaquainted with a former Riverside ....


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Lions Rampant Amongst The Canaries

Boro’s lions can clip the Canaries of Norwich and win the big Wembley showdown on Monday. Pronounced by many as underdogs, that tag suits us to the ground, just ask Man City and Derby County and how about Norwich City themselves, just a few short weeks ago at Carrow Road. We brought all these teams to heal and can do it again on Monday. In Aitor We Trust #Believe Boro left back George Friend cannot wait to step out at Wembley for the first time since playing there for his local Devon ....


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Come On Boro

Tonight is the night. A date with Boro destiny. It is dog eat dog, do or die. Promotion dream into overdrive or the summer slumber starts here. Don’t even think it. Boro v Brentford – the play off 2nd leg at a sold out Riverside 7.45pm and Boro taking that one goal lead into a tie winning result. Up The Boro It has been a long haul this season but overall a hugely enjoyable one. Victory tonight will set the seal on a superb campaign. There have been so many highs, all sparked off ....


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Can Boro Take Sting Out Of The Bees – Again?

  It is the big, big question can Boro tame those Bees of Brentford in the play offs? Match one is Friday night (7.45pm kick off) and the name of the game surely is first things first keep the tie alive. Keep it tight and make sure to mind the gap. Do not fall off the pace and leave yourself a mountain to climb. An away goal would be wonderful, a draw superb, and a repeat of the away win in the season proper just exceptional. For all those not old enough to remember the play offs they ....


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