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Boro's Top Of The Table Clash With Cardiff

  It is Championship showdown day on Saturday. Second plays third. Something has to give. Can Boro edge out the Welsh wizards on the green, green grass of their home turf and blast off from there? Things are going great guns for Boro at the moment. The league and cup form have nudged manager Tony Mowbray onto the Manager of the Month shortlist and have also meant we are now scrapping it out at the top end of the table. Briefly top of the league last Friday, playing in front of a 28 000 ....


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Boro Aim To Make History At Forest

Boro could be in seventh heaven tonight if we could win at the City Ground, Nottingham. We have a terrible record against Forest, in fact it is so bad that we have only once in the last 16 visits. So a seventh win in a row tonight would break one of our worst hoodoos and put us right on track at the top end of the table. Former Donny boss Sean O’Driscoll has done a superb job in turning round a failing team at Forest and making them into contenders again. The disastrous experiment with ....


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Can We Make It A Happy Valley?

  Boro travel to Charlton this weekend, can we keep this winning run going and make it a very happy Valley? We could be without key figures at both ends of the park with Seb Hines and Ishmael Miller struggling in a race against time to be fit to face the team from south east London. But Lukas Jutkiewicz could be ready for a return as he joins the squad. I wouldn't want to bet against the Juke scoring if he is passed fit. Come on You Reds. There will definitely be no Marvin Emnes or ....


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Can Boro Beat Sunderland?

  I'm looking forward to a superb game this evening but can Boro go one better than last season and defeat Sunderland? We came agonisingly close to doing it against all the odds on their patch last season. Tonight it has to be played out to a finish. Can we do it? 7.45pm k.o. Stadium of Light. It took two games and extra time to separate Middlesbrough and Sunderland last season. Tonight there will be extra time and penalties on offer to make sure one of us arrives at the Quarter Final ....


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Wanderers Pose Big Test

  Bolton Wanderers will pose a big test for in form Boro this afternoon. It might be chilly out there but help your fellow Boro fans keep warm by crowding into the Riverside for this fascinating Championship clash, 3pm kick off. Relegated Bolton have started very poorly but with the wealth of parachute and Premier player resources at their disposal you feel it is only a matter of time and a new manager before they make that inevitable rise towards the top of the table. With Doogie ....


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Boro Can Stop Hull In Their Tracks

Boro entertain Steve Bruce’s Hull City this evening at the Riverside. No doubt it will be chilly and slightly foggy affair but hopefully that there is something in the air that sees The Tigers dreaming of a quick and pointless return to Humberside. Kick off is 7.45pm. Wear a coat. Boro arrive at this game on the back of two straight away wins can we bring that form home to the Riverside against one of the division’s most improved units and a team that seems to enjoy picking up ....


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Teessiders Aiming For Happier Trip To The Seaside

Boro take on Brighton at the Amex Stadium tomorrow aiming to wipe away bad memories from our last trip to the seaside at Blackpool. But manager Tony Mowbray is raising a note of caution when he compares Gus Poyet’s team to the side that hammered us in a night to forget beneath Blackpool Tower. Boro’s side will be missing many names tomorrow, added to the long term injury absences of Rhys Williams and Muzzy Carayol, there will be no Zemmama, Hoyte, Arca or Luke Williams in the ....


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Can Boro Topple Derby?

Boro must bounce back from Saturday’s defeat to Derby with a win over East Midland rivals Derby tonight at the Riverside. Kick off 7.45pm. Derby will come full of confidence following a victory over their near neighbours Nottingham Forest on Sunday but Boro can kick back to form and win. The defeat against Leicester was plain bad luck. The deflection on that winning goal, quite cruel. Maybe we didn’t deserve to win a game that was always tight but we certainly did not deserve to ....


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Boro Can Out Fox Leicester

Big Nigel Pearson brings his bang on form Leicester City side to the Riverside on Saturday; expect a tough game but we can win it. Leicester are hammering teams for fun at home this season but are suffering with travelling sickness yet to get off the mark away from the Crisp Bowl. Let’s continue the trend on Saturday. Kick off 3pm.   Boro bounced back from the Blackpool dressing down with a televised master show against Blackburn and then punished dangerous Preston with a second ....


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Can Boro Make It A Winning Return To Lancashire?

It will be a wet ride to Lancashire this evening but hopefully it will be well worth it when Boro return with a win and still in the Capital One Cup. We cannot keep away from this corner of the Red Rose County. But Friday’s victory over Blackburn has washed away the sour memories of defeat at Preston’s near neighbours Blackpool a week ago. Yet another away cup tie for Boro but impressive wins at Bury and Gillingham mean that we have no fear of slipping up on our travels. Those ....


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Boro Looking To Bounce Back At Blackburn

  Boro boss Tony Mowbray would like nothing better than to see his Boro side bouncing back from Tuesday's big defeat with a big result and performance tonight. And there will not be a single Boro fan that disagrees with that sentiment. No easy task though, if we thought Blackpool were good and they were, then what about Blackburn, currently leading the table and beating all comers home and away. Yet will their own fans beat them in the end or will they eventually come round and get on ....


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Can Boro Switch Off The Blackpool Lights?

  It is second versus seventh tonight as Boro travel to Blackpool hoping to derail a team up amongst the early pace setters. With the illuminations in full swing now there will be plenty of light shining down on the two teams promotion prospects this evening. The first part of a very difficult week in Lancashire, how good it would be to get started with a few points in the bag. It is never easy at Bloomfield Road and Boro have been on the end of some real batterings from Blackpool over ....


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Can Middlesbrough Derail The Tractor Boys?

  Boro take on Ipswich today at the Riverside, hoping to make it three straights home wins. Kick off 3pm. Be there. Boro resume football having had a couple a couple of weeks to dwell on the defeat away at Millwall. Far too long really because the two home successes have now been overshadowed. We could put that right today by a win over Paul Jewell's side and making it four home successes in a row in all counting last season. Boro sit in twelfth place currently compared to Ipswich in ....


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Boro Can Beat The Lions In Their New Den

  Boro fans travel to Millwall with plenty of hope and anticipation that we can produce another winning performance. A victory would mean a third successive league win at the New Den and a third successive league win this season. Come on.. Kick off is a very early 12.45pm because of the Paralympics and fans are warned to get down early as there will bea lot of extra traffic. Boro aim to build on back to back home wins and also take the away cup form to south east London against a ....


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Boro Out Class Gills

Boro outplayed and outclassed Gillingham to power past the lower league side into the third round of the Capital One. A big home crowd went home disappointed as the team from Kent that have played so well this season were given a football lesson by Championship Boro. It was a night of so many pluses for Boro. Muzzy Carayol was quite superb on his debut that was marked by a quite brilliant goal. The speedy winger squeezed between two defenders and slipped the ball past the keeper for a quite ....


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Can Boro Stuff Gills?

Boro take on Gillingham in the Capital One Cup 2nd round this evening. Kick off 7.45pm. Can we keep the run going and win our first game in Kent for many moons? There wll no doubt be many changes from the Boro side that held on for back to back Riverside wins on Saturday. But manager Tony Mowbray will not want to disrupt things completely, he will be keen to have some continuity to keep the results flowing and to deal with a potential banana skin at Gillingham. We are surely owed a home cup ....


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Can Boro Bounce Back V Burnley?

We had the disappointment and frustration before the 4000 Boro at Barnsley can we now bounce back at home v Burnley? Tonight sees Boro take on the conquerors of pre-season favourites Bolton and a team that defeated us here 2-0 last season. But the newly shaped Boro side looked to be going places before last Saturday. Time to get back on those rails and turning the Riverside into some kind of fortress. Boro V Burnley 7.45pm kick off at the Riverside this evening. It has been a fair while ....


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Boro's Season Can Start With A Bang At Barnsley

  Boro will start the new Championship campaign in front of over a 3000 strong travelling army at Oakwell, South Yorkshire. Can Tony Mowbray's much rebuilt side make it a winning start? Mowbray is looking forward to the challenge: “It will be great to have a big following there, am hearing the tickets have sold well, so let's hope we give the supporters something to cheer.” Boro were far stronger away than at the Riverside last season so will probably revel in starting off ....


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Season Starts At Bury

  Boro start the season off at Gigg Lane against league One Bury. Hopefully we will start it with a bit of a flourish and progress in the Capital One Cup. Boro will go head to head with the Olympics finale in this first round encounter in what used to be called the league cup. The Capital One cup is of course no longer sponsored by Carling, the one cup that we bagged in our golden age. Could this weekend's encounter mark a big new start in the quest to return to the higher echelons for ....


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Come On Boro. Come On Palace

So it comes down to the final match. It is quite simple now, we must win at Watford and Cardiff lose. Can we make the play offs? Fingers crossed. Kick off at Vicarage Road - 12.30 Saturday. High noon. You’ve got to be in it to win it and let’s face it this time last chance none of us gave ourselves a cat in hell’s chance. Probably few people did at the start of the season either. But between times we have been right in the mix throughout the season now we must turn it on ....


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Can Boro Shoot Down The Seagulls?

Boro make the long, long trip down to the south coast to take on Brighton and Hove Albion. Our first visit to their new stadium, we never did go to the Withnail and I. In the American Express Community Stadium the away end gets decked out with mementoes of the visitors and even sells their beer. Very hospitable indeed. Let’s hope the charity extends to gift wrapping us 3 points.  Boro will of course have a new look defence and new leader on the pitch. Barry Robson has been selected ....


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Boro V Ipswich Town Re-visited

Can Boro get back to winning ways and bring back 3 points from Ipswich? How welcome a win would be but it will certainly be tough against a team that are on a real run of wins at home. Let's hope we can find the same type of performance as against West Ham away and yet this time we clinch the victory. Fly: We go back to Ipswich again and things have changed considerably since the first attempt to finish the match haven't they? TM: Somebody just said we are taking nine different names on the ....


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Can Boro Blitz Bristol City?

A draw at West Ham has restored everyone's faith and confidence now for a big home win. Now let's blitz Bristol City. To be honest I would settle for any kind of win even a last minute free kick from Malauray Martin would do the trick. What a glorious day that was down at Ashton Gate. Another win against Bristol City is exactly what the promotion doctor would prescribe right now. Then that hard fought draw at Upton Park has been the start of something tangible. Yes, a 4 point week with the ....


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Can Boro Strike Back At The Hammers?

Into the fire again tonight as Boro seek to stop the rot at the home of promotion pushing West Ham. Unhappy memories of Upton Park, the scene of our Premier relegation wake. The only solace that day was Newcastle going down, they haven't done too badly since sadly. Can we strike back at the Irons tonight? They are vulnerable at home. I suppose their highly paid team start to recall they were not good enough for the Premier when playing in front of Premier sized crowds. It could be off ....


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Boro Need To Consolidate

Boro boss Tony Mowbray has called on his team to build on Saturday’s exceptional win at Pompey tonight against Barnsley. The first of two home games against Yorkshire sides Mowbray knows that this could present a real opportunity to push on up the league and knock on the door to the automatic promotion places. But first we need to win tonight. Kick off 7.45pm. The Riverside.   Consolidate was the watch word for Tony Mowbray at the pre-match press conference before Boro’s game ....


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