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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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Boro Need To Bite The Terriers

Boro need to get a first home win of the season tonight but must overcome a tenacious Huddersfield Town. Kick off 7.45pm at the Riverside. Saturday’s away loss at League leaders QPR was not the biggest shock in town but has done nothing to alleviate the pressure on a team that has still only won once this season and not yet at home. As we all know this has been a truly horrible year for Boro and we need to start turning it round very quickly indeed. Two home games in a week provides ....


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Big Test At Qpr My Lord

Boro face a stern test against big spending Harry Redknapp’s promotion favourites and league leaders, QPR, at Loftus Road. A good solid performance would be a big fillip before two home games next week. But it will not be easy. Saturday kick off 3pm. Boro travel to London to tackle QPR, the team that crashed down from the Premier but with parachutes payments aplenty to hopefully cushion the fall and rebound back at the first attempt. Harry’s lads seem to be specialising in 1-0 ....


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Can Boro Put Out The Forest Fires?

Boro face a tough task tonight trying to knock high flying Nottingham Forest out of their winning stride. The Tricky Trees have won every game at the City Ground so far. A stadium that always seems like a fortress when we visit it. Can we possibly do something special and hit back with a result. After Saturday’s big disappointment there is no let up as we face Billy Davies flying circus at Nottingham Forest. Three matches three wins against a Boro side with some decent performances but ....


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Can Boro Find The Winning Habit At Ipswich?

Boro fans take the long and winding road out east to Ipswich hoping that it will be a journey with a pot of gold and three points at the end of it. The disgraceful £32.50 ticket price will be slightly easier to digest if our team can find a way to convert draws into victories at Portman Road. In a week where a BBC survey has revealed a welcome downward trend in ticket costs, clearly no one with a conscience is listening to the mood in Ipswich. Boro have now drawn the last three league ....


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Boro Third Time Lucky V Wednesday?

Boro take on Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow hoping it will be third home game lucky and we finally make it a win at the Riverside. Kick off is 3pm. Come on down. Following back to back draws at Wigan and home to Blackpool, Boro could do with stepping up and seizing all the points against The Owls. There will be a big contingent of 1800+ driving up the M1/A1 from South Yorkshire, Wednesday are always well supported. Just lets hope it can be an atmosphere to compare to last season’s ....


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Can Boro Spoil Wigan Party?

  Boro travel to Wigan today hoping to bring their cup celebrations to a halt by recording an away win. Kick off 3pm. Boro play Wigan this afternoon in the game re-arranged late in the day to allow the town an awayday to Wembley yesterday. Wigan Warriors 16-0 victory over Hull FC meant a second Wembley cup win for a town with a population not a whole lot different to Redcar, Marske and Saltburn. Boro hope to catch the place made famous for its pies and pier with one eye off the Football ....


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