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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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Boro Must Bend The Iron

  Boro need to build up a head of steam tonight and defeat Scunthorpe. Ironopolis must see off The Iron.   We need to put that late goal conceded against Preston behind us and think about all that glorious passing football in the second half of our last game. But with tough fixtures looming in the month ahead we must look to start February on a winning note and record a double over Scunthorpe United.   The stakes are quite high tonight. A win could send us three places in ....

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Take Some Points Back From The Gate

It’s the long way to Bristol and hopefully we will be rewarded for this herculean 440 mile round trip with three precious points. Fingers crossed. We certainly need those points to claw back some of the daylight between City and ourselves and to start a push away from the relegation zone. Up the Boro.   Yes after being unceremoniously dumped out of the FA Cup by the minnows of Burton Albion we are back to the league with a jolt and the reality of staving off relegation. Then again ....

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Boro Must Shoot Down Bluebirds

  Cardiff City needed 4 minutes of injury time to finally get a draw from their last match let’s pile on the agony for them today and beat them at the Riverside. This is time for Boro to fight back. Draw a line in the melting snow and say enough is enough, we are not going down, we are going to stop losing games and move on up.   That Quarter Final cup defeat of 2008 still weighs heavy on hearts and minds around here. It was like a throw back to the 1970s when every year it ....

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Boro - Getting To The Crunch

It is getting to the crunch now for Boro.   No we are not talking about the snow lying deep, crisp and even around much of our region but fortunately not at the Riverside where the latest is the game is definitely ON. The pitch has under soil heating. There is no pitch inspection needed and the car parks and surround are all cleared and gritted.   Reality has bitten deep with the players as well as the fans and everyone knows it is time to turn things round. We are coming ....

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Time To Make It A Winning Habit

  Boro take on Millwall today determined to get back to wining ways and make it a habit in front of the Riverside faithful.   Boro had a minor set-back on the road to safety and it was a long road as well away at Swansea. But back to back victories at home v Palace and finally away at Scunthorpe have shown our intent under Tony Mowbray. The corner has been turned now is not the time to slip back into the hole again.   We will need to be careful today because although ....

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Can Boro Tame The Swans?

Middlesbrough take the long trip to Swansea hoping for a repeat of last year’s win. Lightning struck twice at Scunthorpe so why not in South Wales as well?   Maybe I’m being greedy but I’d love to turn two wins in a row into three then suddenly we would be on a roll. Imagine how many bodies that could put onto the crowd at home next week? How good would that be to turn things round so emphatically? But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Tony Mowbray has told the ....

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Boro - Time To Fight Back

It didn’t quite to plan last week, did it? We were certainly brought crashing back down to reality with that deflected Bristol City equaliser. It looks like Tony Mowbray will be fighting a lengthy battle against relegation rather than putting in place a quick fix and then shooting us off towards play-off territory.   We’ll need to stay right behind the Boro to get through this. It is plain to see now, with the benefit of hindsight just how much destruction the last regime ....

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Mogga Take Us To The Moon

  It is Tony Mowbray’s first game in charge today and excitement is in the air. But first before anyone eyes up the moon we have to try and stop the rot and shoot down Bristol City and England keeper David James.   Yes it is back to reality in our bottom of the table clash. We need to get back to basics and a return to the home form of a few weeks ago and then we can start to slowly build confidence and put a bit more pattern into our play and lift off from here.   It ....

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Can Boro Get A Point In Right Direction At Norwich?

  Steve Agnew’s Boro go to high flying Norwich tomorrow desperate for some precious away points. The caretaker boss saw his side lose narrowly at Nottingham Forest in midweek but face arguably tougher opponents in East Anglia. Newly promoted Norwich have started the season like a train and with big bustling forwards like Grant Holt can ruffle any defence.   Norwich currently sit in fifth place in the table threatening the leaders. Boro have only taken one point away from the ....

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Boro Need To Solve Travel Sickness

Boro must end this bout of travel sickness at Derby County this evening. A point or three would be just what the doctor ordered a defeat would leave us in disarray again. Derby v  Boro at Pride Park this evening, kick off 7:45pm.   We need to get back to basics tonight and shut out a rampant Rams side that hammered 5 goals on Saturday. Nigel Clough’s team will be brimming with confidence. The home supporters will be buoyed up by those recent goal-den memories and hoping to ....

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Boro Aim To Win Three In A Row

  Middlesbrough travel to Vicarage Road tomorrow to pit their wits against 5th placed Watford – with the Hornets not recording a single win at home this season despite their impressive start.   After impressive displays against Burnley and Reading, we want to really kick on from here and move further up the table. It won’t be easy. We have just won once away from home in 2010 and that record needs to dramatically improve and fast. Can Strachan’s men make it three ....

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Can Boro Make It Two In A Row?

  Boro have a chance to leap up the league by winning a second successive home game but that means overcoming difficult opponents in Reading. For Boro’s late, late show against Burnley to mean anything more than great entertainment the team must build on the success by winning again. A second Riverside game gives us a window of opportunity to really kick start the season. Tarmo’s terrific strikes can inspire us to new heights.   Boro take on Reading at the Riverside, ....

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Boro Must Fight Back V Burnley

It’s a massive night tonight at the Riverside. Boro take on Burnley and desperately need points in the right direction. Kick off 7.45pm.   Boro’s deeply damaging defeat at QPR sent us tumbling to 20th in the table only prevented from a fall into the relegation zone by Burnley’s miraculous escape at Preston. Burnley the late late comeback kings will come to the Riverside full of confidence which is not what we want at this low ebb we are currently drowning ....

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Can Boro Ram Raid Rangers Again?

  Boro will be up against it tomorrow against League leaders QPR at Loftus Road. Can we glean some inspiration from last season’s storming 5-1 victory?   There can be no better time nor place than this Saturday at Loftus Road for Boro’s season to finally come alive. The pre season favourites come face to face with the league leaders. QPR as yet undefeated are looking at a possible 13 point haul from their first 5 games if they do the dirty on us and win. ....

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Boro Need Win At Oakwell

    Can Boro follow a first home win with a first away league win? It would certainly bring joy and happiness to the thousands of Boro fans descending on South Yorkshire for the Barnsley v Boro fixture.   It has been a funny/unfunny week for Boro. The week opened on Sunday with a first league win but a dire game against Sheff Utd. We need to build on that win tomorrow against more South Yorkshire opposition, Barnsley at Oakwell, 3pm kick off.   Last ....

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Boro Aiming To Frighten The Lions

    Boro take on newly promoted Millwall hoping to sample some cup glory tonight at the New Den, kick off 7,45pm.   An away draw at Millwall was poor reward for a First Round victory at Chesterfield’s new ground but could prove an ideal opportunity for Boro to build on a first league win. It will mean us playing with another distinct disadvantage a second game in three days. Strachan is bound to rest a few players although he is likely to want to keep that winning habit ....

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Boro Must Blunt All New Blades

  Boro must give Gary Speed the worst possible baptism of fire when we take on Sheffield United at the Riverside, kick off 1.15pm, Sunday.   I don’t suppose a new boss can make too much change overnight but it will be interesting to see whether Speed attempts to get the team playing in his own image with a passing rather than long ball game. Blackwell’s team was all about Sheffield steel, carrying on the mantle from his former chief, Neil Warnock in crafting a team that ....

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Boro Must Hunt Down Foxes

  Boro must get back on track tomorrow when they travel to Leicester City. An away win would be a good way to get the season going after that shocking start last Saturday. We could do with it.   The 3-1 home defeat to Ipswich wasn’t just a question of a bad scoreline it was a completely ineffective second half display. At full time that one shot on target stat spoke volumes. We bounced back with our much changed side on Tuesday at Chesterfield. At least it got us in a winning ....

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Boro Must Battle Back At Chesterfield

  Boro must battle back from that dire defeat and performance on Saturday to knock Chesterfield out of the Carling Cup tonight. Kick off is at 7.45pm - incidentally Boro’s new midweek kick off time at the Riverside  - at Chesterfield’s brand new b2net Stadium.   We’ll have to do it the hard way however with the Evening Gazette reporting a staggering 13 players unavailable because of injuring or international call ups. You can criticize the timing of the ....

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Final Fling Ahead At Leicester

  It might feel as if the season ended a couple of week’s ago at West Brom but Boro will complete the final fixture away at Leicester City tomorrow and hopefully sign off with a result. Match kicks off on Sunday at 1pm at the Walker Stadium, Leicester.   OK it is only pride at stake now but a large Boro away following (1350 tickets sold by end of play, Wednesday) will be looking for a good performance and a nod and a wink towards what we might expect from next campaign. There ....

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Crunch Day At The Hawthorns

    Boro must beat promoted West Brom at the Hawthorns to keep our play off hopes alive. It would also be sweet revenge for a 0-5 hammer blow at the Riverside earlier this season that largely got Gareth Southgate the sack and caused a complete re-think and re-fit of Middlesbrough mid-season.   This is not going to be easy no doubt about that. Probably our two best players this season will not be representing us today as we bid to topple the team celebrating promotion back to ....

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