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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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Can Boro Sink Pompey?

Boro must stick the boot into the stricken Pompey at Fratton Park tomorrow. There can be no room for sentiment as the side tottering on the brink must be put to the sword as Boro aim to bounce back from last week’s defeat. The 0-2 loss to Reading dented our promotion prospects but a win on the south coast could revive our hopes, especially with exciting new loan signing Adam Hammill on the right. Let’s hope we can bring back the win.   According to Pompey’s ....

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Massive Game At The Riverside Ė Can Boro Beat Reading?

Two in form teams go head to head and something has to give at the Riverside this afternoon. Forget the Sunderland games, put England Under 21s on the back boiler today's fixture could easily be the match of the season so far. Win and Boro make it three victories in a row and put a major spoke in the wheels of a rival. Suddenly the promotion race would open up for us again. And with reports of loan players coming in this could be the start of a very special run in period for us. Do not miss ....

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Boro Can Escape The Lions Den With 3 Points

Can Boro put together back to back wins down at Millwall tonight? We will have Barry Robson (but not Nicky Bailey) champing at the bit to add bite to the midfield as we go after a prize that should lift us back into the play off places. It will be a victory that will only be won the hard way. There is never any other way to hammer out a win at the New Den but that would only serve as to make it all the sweeter.   Last season’s league win at Millwall came against all the odds, ....

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Can Boro Chop Down The Tricky Trees?

Forget the FA Cup dramas, don’t mention injuries and no one even sneak a mention of Valentine’s, tonight its all about the quest for 3 points and climbing back on that promotion bus by stopping Nottingham Forest in their tricky tracks. Boro have a pretty woeful record against the Tricky Trees of Nottingham but tonight we need to get back to basics and that means returning to winning ways.   Here we are in the middle of February and still awaiting our first league victory of ....

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Can Boro Shoot The Eagles Down

Boro take on Crystal Palace at the Riverside tomorrow and the visitors bring with them a big reminder of why you should not let league matters be overshadowed by big cup games. Everyone brave the cold or/and the snow and get along tomorrow to support Boro’s renewed promotion push.  The not so super Eagles have slumped down the league following their exciting cup run to the semi finals. But following the unluckiest of eliminations by penalties to Cardiff they are now waking up to ....

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Donít Get Distracted!

Boro return to Championship home action at the Riverside on Saturday after 2 away games on the bounce. First a 1-1 at the Stadium of Light in the FA Cup 4th Round and then a 2-2 draw with Leicester at the KP in the league. However, Boro will feel hard done to in the Leicester game after going down 1-0 in the first 10 minutes. Boro pulled it back to 1-1 after 17 minutes through Scott McDonald. Boro then thought they had stolen it with 11 minutes left when Tony McNahon found the net. However, ....

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Boro Look To Out-fox In-form Leicester

Boro face another crunch away game at bang in form Leicester City this evening. Can we take some inspiration from the Sunderland performance and raise our game once again? Down in eighth place now after 3 straight league defeats, with teams from below like tonight’s opponents and even Ipswich finding form, the pressure is mounting. The need to take points more urgent than ever. What a time to be playing Leicester.   I asked Tony Mowbray about how he was approaching this ....

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Boro Can Send Shockwaves Through Sunderland

Boro can send shockwaves through Martin O'Neill's revived Sunderland by aiding the Stadium of Light and returning with cup spoils. Boro take on Sunderland in the televised 4th Round FA Cup tie at SOL kick off 1.30pm. We will be without Steele, Arca, Thomson and Bailey and will need to dig deep into the reserves. New guy Lukas Jutkiewicz could make a big name for himself and replicate Chris Riggott by scoring against Sunderland on his first Boro start. How good would that be? Can we overturn ....

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Mogga Sends Boro To Coventry To Win

Boro head to bottom club Coventry City on Saturday aiming to get back on the points trail. There will be plenty of fans in the away stand again hoping for a return to the form on the road where we have seen so many great victories already this season. But Tony Mowbray warns that the Sky Blues will be no push overs. Having studied Coventry Tony Mowbray reports that they have been edged out of many encounters this season. They are a team that likes to play football and take control of the ball ....

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Time To Focus On The League

  Season card holders will be queuing for Sunderland tickets tomorrow but hopefully the talk in the queue will be about the battle for league points because it is paramount that we don’t lose our focus at this critical point in the season. And we have been hit by a mini injury crisis so it will be all hands available on deck in our War of the Roses.   So much of the discussion on the message board this week has been dominated by the FA Cup and the Sunderland game. ....

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Boro Up For The Cup

Boro embark on an FA Cup adventure this weekend when we take on Shrewsbury in the 3rd Round at Riverside 3pm kick off. With prices at just £10 for adults and cheaper for concessions lets fill up those seats and create a special cup atmosphere of days gone by. Grab your mates and make it a big day with Boro fans getting Up for the Cup. Boro start their response to a big defeat at Blackpool with a game in the FA Cup against Graham Turner's Shrewsbury. Boro will be missing Nicky Bailey from ....

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Can Boro Leave The Bluebirds Singing The Blues Again?

At the end of last season Boro went down to Cardiff and broke the hearts of the promotion dreaming Cardiff fans. We spoiled their party well and truly with a crushing victory. Oh for a repeat tomorrow. Or even the victory part without the crushing bit. That would be a pre-Christmas present all Boro fans would richly enjoy. Cardiff have a fantastic home record but we all remember they said that last season... then Boro arrived. Boro are still very strong away from home and keep going up to and ....

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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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