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Mowbray Hoping For A Big Win V Brighton

Tony Mowbray believes the performances at home have been good but he concedes it is points that deliver prizes and without more goals we will not grab more wins. Can we start to put that right tomorrow v Brighton?   Boro take on Brighton tomorrow at the Riverside. The south coast club are flying at the moment but can we put a stop to that? Can we follow up the last ditch victory at Bristol City and make it back to back wins? That would certainly be a superb response from the West Ham ....


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Can Boro Stop The Hammers?

Boro will go all out to stop the Hammers promotion push in its tracks tonight. Looks like it could be stormy weather let's hope that storm is blowing in Boro's favour and West Ham are very unhappy campers by the end of the evening. Kick off 7.45pm at the Riverside. The Boro have major doubts to both strikers, Scott McDonald and Marvin Emnes. Can we have Lee Miller back please? Only joking. Marvin did not look himself on Saturday but typically he got through 60 mins. Scott McDonald worked ....


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Can We Win Battle Of Boro's?

Boro travel to Peterborough hoping for a repeat of the Carling Cup victory earlier this season. A return to winning ways would be the perfect way to bounce back from a draw with Blackpool. But boss Tony Mowbray knows it will be no easy game. Tony Mowbray was full of respect for Darren Ferguson's Peterborough side. We totally outclassed and outplayed them in the first half at London Road in the cup but he pointed to the way they came back into the game in the second period as an indicator of ....


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Make It A Red Hot Welcome For Blackpool

The winter hat, gloves and coat are on, hoping to create a warm atmosphere at the Riverside tomorrow afternoon when we welcome Blackpool, a side who this time last year were exciting the Premier League with their none stop attacking style. A lot has changed since then and important players have left but they are still contenders to go back up to the top flight with Phillips and Taylor-Fletcher continuing to perform.  The Boro will be hoping  to avoid a repeat of the last Riverside ....


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Teessiders Can Tame The Seasiders

Boro return to action after the international break with a visit from Ian Holloway's Seasiders who are only 5 points behind us lying handily in 5th place. A 5-0 win at Elland Road in their last away game was a big boost for them and tomorrow's game will be a big test for the Boro. But it is a test we can pass with flying colours.   Up front they have a potent strike force in Kevin Phillips who even at 38 can still do the business with a 7 goal tally this season and Lualua who has ....


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Mowbray Looks For Recovery Road At Donny

Tony Mowbray is looking for Boro to hit the right notes tonight at the Keepmoat. The Boro boss was philosophical in defeat yesterday at the pre-match press conference and has Doncaster in his sights to bounce back at the first opportunity. Kick off 7.45pm.   Mowbray could only praise the performance of Southampton on Saturday, although he did maintain that the game was not dead and gone until that third strike hit the back of the net. One thing is for sure we have two games this week in ....


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Shooting For The Saints

Boro pit themselves against league leaders Southampton tomorrow. A week ago I would have said runaway leaders but last week's draw at Reading cut their lead somewhat to 3points. They are now in shooting distance of Kings of the Road, Middlesbrough. It also served to underline that The Saints league position is based largely on their dominance at home. In fact they haven't dropped a point at St Mary's. A stadium that is as much a stronghold for them now as the Dell once was in their old top ....


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Boro Can Stop Rams Raids

Middlesbrough go head to head with The Rams of Derby today looking to climb back on the winning trail and so put clear water between our teams. Get yourself down to the Riverside for this third v fourth place showdown. Lovely sunny, autumnal weather, so empty the piggy bank and rendezvous for 3pm kick off. After Tuesday's defeat at The Ram's rivals Forest Boro will be looking to start again today and kick off a new run with a win. It seems a long time since we last accrued all 3 points, ....


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Can Boro Burn Forest Down?

Boro take on Nottingham Forest this evening aiming to give their new manager Steve Cotterill a baptism of fire. After four successive draws we could do with getting back to winning ways. Kick off 7.45pm at City Ground, Nottingham.   It is never an easy place to go, and over the years I remember a good few defeats on the trudge back to the car from the City Ground, Nottingham Forest. In fact we haven’t won there in the league since 1999. So, not this century, then. But this is a ....


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Can Boro Shoot The Eagles Down Again?

Boro return to Selhurst Park again tonight, the scene of our table topping celebrations on Saturday, hoping this time to enjoy cup success. Can Boro repeat the league victory to make it into the 4th round draw? Of course we can.   It is an 8pm kick off and the tie must be finished on the night so could be a very late end indeed with extra time and penalties possible if needed. Tickets are available on the night for all those travelling.   New loan signing Alex Nimely is expected ....


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Can Boro Storm The Palace?

Boro have recorded five straight away wins, Palace have yet to lose at Selhurst – something has to give. Saturday 3pm showdown somewhere near Croydon, Boro v Crystal Palace part one. Come on Boro.   Boro are going great guns at the moment, we absolutely blew Burnley away last weekend and unlike Crystal Palace have had the week off in between. The Super Eagles might have played an extra 90 minutes but whatever they might be suffering physically they will surely be boosted ....


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Can Boro Bowl Over Burnley?

Can Boro resume from where they left off before the international break and keep the momentum going? With manager Tony Mowbray making the short list for Manager of the Month and Marvin Emnes going one better and being crowned Player of the Month we are getting lots of recognition for our fine start to the season. But tomorrow there is a real test in the shape of Eddie Howe’s Burnley. Coincidentally the last place we were defeated on the road.   But that defeat came last season when ....


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Send Them Point-less To Coventry

Can Boro keep the winning run going by eclipsing the Sky Blues of Coventry tomorrow? Struggling Coventry and boss Andy Thorn could be put under all sorts of pressure by a Boro victory. No room for sentiment as they say, Boro must do the business tomorrow and keep on keeping on. Oh and cancel those Bank Holiday weekend plans or postpone them til Sunday and get down to the Riverside and support the Mogganaut. You know it makes sense.   When do you last remember seeing a Boro side playing ....


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Mogga Plots Downfall Of Posh Boro

The real Boro journey south today to take on Posh Boro at London Road in the Carling Cup. Can we emulate the victory in the first round over Walsall or will 7 Up Posh prove one barrier too far for the Mogganaut?   I caught up with Boro boss Tony Mowbray yesterday at his pre-match press conference at the Hurworth Training Ground. It was a chance to ask him to reflect back over Saturday’s victory and for his hopes and maybe fears for tonight’s game with newly-promoted ....


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Boro Pride

Pride is a very big factor in the Teesside area, and you can see that by the way Steve Gibson runs our club, the love he has for it is second to none. All the rumours that have been circulating around the club about going into administration, it looks as though Gibbo has finally (after two big managerial failures) done a great job in biting a large golden bullet, hiring a local hero, and getting this club back up and running.   The sales of all the dead wood and high earners has created ....


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Can Boro Bring It On Home?

After phenomenal victories on the road it is time for Boro to bring that form to their own fans at the Riverside today. It looks like there will be no monsoon conditions as endured at the season opener against Pompey but it would be phenomenal if Boro would wash away visitors Birmingham this afternoon.   Boro play newly relegated Birmingham City this afternoon at the Riverside, kick off 3pm in a game delayed for the away team’s foray into Europe. The Carling Cup winners will no ....


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Can Boro Add To Leeds Woes?

Leeds fans seem to be up in arms at the moment against dear old farmer Bates, can we add to their woes tomorrow by inflicting a second straight league defeat of the season. I certainly hope so.   A win for Boro tomorrow would avenge the cruel twist that made it a very unhappy new year at Elland Road last season. Boro appeared to be coasting to victory which would have been sealed but for an inexplicable miss from five yards out from Justin Hoyte. Leeds of course hurtled down the other ....


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Boro Looking To Unseat Saddlers

Boro face a searching test this evening at the Banks’s Stadium against Walsall. It is a test made all the harder as our already small squad will be further reduced by the enforced absence of four players on international duty and the unavailability of loan keeper Carl Ikeme. Danny Coyne will come in for his milestone 500th senior appearance. Let’s hope it is a memorable one for him and Boro.   This is Boro’s first ever trip to the former Bescott Stadium. I can’t ....


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Carlisle Out-fox Boro

Boro were defeated 2-0 tonight by League One Carlisle at Brunton Park. It was an opportunity to switch the team around but the result was the same as on Saturday. Defeat. This time there can be little argument that the home side were clearly the better team and thoroughly deserved the win.   It is only a friendly but United manager Greg Abbott is bound to be much the happier boss, for Tony Mowbray there is much to mull over. A useful run out yes but just three efforts on target all game ....


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Boro Aim To Step Up V Carlisle

Boro play their second “local” friendly tonight and will be hoping for a far better result than against Darlington. More important than the result though is the performance and we must be on the ball to thwart any border raiders.   There are bound to be wholesale changes with players such as Joe Bennett and Richie Smallwood champing at the bit to start. One thing is for certain we need to keep a tighter defence than at Darlo on Saturday. Kick off this evening at Brunton Park ....


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Can Boro Bring Bluebirds Unhappiness?

Boro travel to Cardiff to play a Mayday Holiday Monday teatime kick off against the team desperate for promotion points. With Norwich kicking off afterwards Dave Jones Cardiff will be busting a gut to secure a win and pile on the pressure in the race for automatic promotion with the Canaries. Boro have other ideas, however.   Boro boss Tony Mowbray will want to continue this impressive run right the way to the close of the season. And a big performance and result on SKY tv will signal to ....


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Middlesbrough V Barnsley Preview

Middlesbrough head into Saturday’s Championship clash looking to extend a 6-match unbeaten run against Barnsley at the Riverside.   The 3-3 draw against Ipswich on Tuesday was a good result despite throwing away a 3-1 lead, and more entertainment can be expected as Boro look to overtake The Tykes in the mid-regions of the Championship table.   Seb Hines picked up a facial injury against Ipswich which sees his season end, so it is likely that Tony Mowbray will move Matthew ....


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Can Boro Stop Watford And Build A Gap?

Boro will be without top goal scorer Leroy Lita tomorrow when in-form Watford and Danny Graham visit the Riverside.    Tony Mowbray faces a tough task replacing Lita, who limped off with a hamstring injury at Fratton Park on Saturday. The striker, with ten goals to his name, could be out for the remainder of the season and the injury makes way for either Marvin Emnes or Merouane Zemmama to partner Scott McDonald up front as Scots Kris Boyd and Lee Miller are currently out on loan. ....


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Can Boro Silence The Pompey Chimes?

  Boro hit the road for the long trip to the south coast but will it be a case of sink or swim at Pompey?  I’ll be getting on a bus at 6.15am Saturday morning but a win would make it the trip to the Island City well worthwhile.   Portsmouth have stormed up the table since recovering from their relegation hangover. It is frankly amazing to me that a club that looked on the brink of going out of existence a year ago can still have so many players of Premier pedigree in ....


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Mowbray Looking For A Big Reaction

  Boro boss Tony Mowbray is hoping for a positive reaction tonight to the team’s 5-2 mauling to Reading at the weekend. He will again be without Julio Arca to pull the strings in midfield but Scott McDonald is back available again and hopefully he can make it back to back midweek goals. Fingers crossed that new loan goalkeeper, Paul Smith, enjoys the quietest debut ever.   We need the 90 minute performance but not the injury time set-back we had last week against Nottingham ....


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