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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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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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