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Boro Must Keep City Out In The Cold

  Hands up who woke up to a snow scene this morning? Hopefully, Bristol City will be frozen out of the game this afternoon at the Riverside as Boro aim to make it two wins in a row. Boro v Bristol City 3pm kick off The Riverside.   Boro can build on that brilliant 4-1 defeat of an in-form Doncaster by extending Bristol City’s week of woes. The Robins were of course humiliated 6-0 by local rivals Cardiff City at Ashton Gate, let’s hope we can take advantage and snatch ....


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Can Boro Do Double Over Donny

    It’s another Yorkshire-derby. Well, sort of as Boro fans make the relatively short hop down the A1 to Doncaster Rovers. Let’s hope it brings us rather more points than our previous two forays into South Yorkshire.   I have no idea what the team is going to be as the already ridiculous injury list continues to swell. The good news is that of Saturday’s casualties Tony McMahon should be fit to start but the chronically unlucky Chris Riggott is hamstrung ....


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Can Boro Sink The Swans?

  If only we could turn the clock back to mid-August they were sunnier, happier times and Boro thrashed Swansea 3-0 at their Liberty Stadium. What we would give for the same result at the Riverside.   An exact repeat is very unlikely this weekend and not only because Boro’s world has turned upside down since then but Swansea’s boss Paulo Sousa has found his feet. His Swansea side are currently 4th in the Championship table on 40 points some 8 points ahead of us. We ....


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Boro Aim To Blunt Blades

  It will be a tough challenge today as Gordon Strachan’s Boro aim to turn over a new leaf to mount a 2010 promotion challenge. Sheff Utd are always a well organised, difficult side to break down and no one is more experienced at operating in the higher echelons of this league.   But Boro have three new secret weapons in new signings Barry Robson, Willo Flood and Chris Killen. Robson should start and will be a big boost to the work rate and competitive edge to our engineroom. ....


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Can We Get Up For The Cup?

  Can we put all our league disappointments behind us today and pull off a major giant killing and knock money bags Man City out of the FA Cup?   It would be a massive coup for Gordon Strachan if he could strike out Roberto Mancini’s name from the list of 4th round entries in this his very first English Cup campaign. It could also start to build a relationship between the eccentric Scot and his still disbelieving Boro fan base. A win could also rekindle the season as a whole. ....


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Boro Must Muzzle Tykes

  Boro need to build on that resounding 3-0 win over Scunny by blazing a trail at Barnsley today. It could be a crucial game in Gordon Strachan’s tenure showing that we have truly turned a corner and that we are now in better shape to kick on towards the Play Off Zone. The problem is that Barnsley are on a useful run. It will not be easy pickings.   The Yorkshire side have gone unbeaten in the last 7 league games under canny manager Mark Robins. I suppose on the down side the ....


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Boro Aim To Smelt The Iron

    Boro aim to celebrate Christmas with friends and defeat Scunthorpe at the Riverside. What a Boxing Day gift that would be.   Scunthorpe’s first ever league visit to the Riverside brings all sorts of thoughts and emotions with it. Reality hits home with a crash, it isn’t Liverpool or Man U, regular Christmas visitors but underestimate The Iron at your peril they have fought every inch of the way to get to this position and thoroughly deserve their ....


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Boro Need To Show Steel V Cardiff

    Time for Boro to bury the hatchet and bounce back. Boro must take a leaf out of the books of the steel men that will form a guard of honour at Sunday’s game v Cardiff. We must dig deep, scrap and battle and fly at the Bluebirds from 1st to last minute.   Boro v Cardiff City kick off 1.15pm Sunday 13th December - unlucky for Cardiff.   We need to show we have the backbone to recoil from that horrendous showing on Tuesday night and give the crowd a little pre ....


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Can Boro Drown Blackpool?

Can Boro follow the 5-1 mullering of QPR with a home victory v Blackpool? If we can win at Loftus Road, for the first time ever then we can surely win at the Riverside. That is the psychology we need to take into this evening’s game. I’m trying hard to avoid calling it crucial but winning at home could make such a difference to everyone’s confidence fans and players alike.   Everyone is rightly excited after our demolition of QPR on Saturday. A taxi driver shouted out ....


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Can Boro Finally Break Win At Loftus Road?

  Boro will be looking to make history tomorrow and win for the first time ever at Loftus Road. We are fantastic fall guys for people making history against us so why can’t it be us for a change?   Gordon Strachan is still searching for his first win as Boro boss but at least we are specialising in draws these days. Problem is we need to step up to 3 pointers if we are to fight our way back towards the promotion pack. Those days of running with the top pack are looking long ....


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Battle Of The Boro

  Middlesbrough travel down to Peterborough this weekend as Gordon Strachan aims to get his first win against the Championship’s bottom club. It will be a battle of our Boro versus Posh Boro. Only one way to sort out which Boro is best. Have a f… ootball match!   Gordon Strachan aims to get his first Middlesbrough win and start pointing the club in the right direction again. Three win-less games have seen this Boro’s promotion hopes plummet. Down in 11th place ....


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Boro To Chop Down Those Tricky Trees

Middlesbrough will need to make history today to defeat at team we’ve not beaten here since the 1970s. But a win against in-form Forest would finally kick start Gordon Strachan’s new era at Boro. What a confidence booster it would be.   After two successive defeats Gordon Strachan would like nothing better than a home win to finally announce his arrival on Teesside. Tenth versus ninth points to this being a difficult task against a Nottingham Forest side unbeaten in the last ....


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Boro Aim To Raid Palace

Boro make the long trek south tomorrow to Croydon with the aim of getting back on the promotion trail with a win against Crystal Palace. That would be a first League win for new boss Gordon Strachan. But it means defeating draw specialists Palace.   Neil Warnock’s team have drawn their last 3 League games, all 1-1. With Boro having been held on our last awayday in Preston you would not be offered good odds on predicting a repeat tomorrow. A share of the spoils would not be the end ....


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Boro To Derail Pilgrims

  It’s the start of a new era today as Gordon Strachan’s Middlesbrough take on Plymouth at the Riverside 3pm kick off. Let’s welcome everyone back into the fold on this nice mild autumnal day. What could be better than supporting your local football team and its new leader on a quest for 3 points? Come on down.   The “Green Army” will have had a long old poke up the motorway system in the car with Paul Whitehouse and the Aviva crew. It is not a short ....


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Colin Cooper’s Red’n’white Army

      It will be a proud day for Colin Cooper as he takes over the mantle of team boss for the day along with Steve Agnew for Boro’s away game at Preston. Colin Cooper’s red’n’white army will be roared on by over 3000 fans, making it one of the biggest Teesside awayday’s in years. Everyone will be hoping to mark Colin Cooper’s big day with a win. Many Boro fans will then continue their celebrations well into the night just up the coast at ....


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Give Watford What For

Boro play the first of back to back home games tomorrow and with it comes a real opportunity. A winning performance would be a giant leap forward in terms of getting  that home stigma off our backs. Secondly it is important for Gareth Southgate to start building up some kind of rapport again with the home fans. Thirdly and most essentially it will keep us right up there in the promotion hunt.   You’ll notice I said “opportunity.” That’s the way we need to ....


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Can Boro Get Back To Basics V Reading?

    It has been an appalling couple of weeks for Boro. The only way to turn it round is on the pitch and tomorrow at Reading is where the revival must start.   The season was going so well up until West Brom and then the wheels flew off big style in a 0-5 home horror show. Half time at Coventry we were sitting pretty on a 2-0 lead, it should have been the perfect comeback but the way we lost that lead in time added on was if anything an even deeper blow to take. Then came ....


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Can Boro Stay The Course Against The Foxes?

  Boro must prove they can play out the full 90+ minutes tonight and banish the injury time blues from Coventry. They also have a spot of Riverside confidence rebuilding to get through after that devastating 0-5 reverse v West Brom still fresh in the minds. If ever a big comeback was due it is tonight.   Boro entertain Nigel Pearson’s Leicester City tonight in the big Championship head to head. Kick off 8pm.   What we would give for a return to winning ways. We were ....


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Middlesbrough Sent To Coventry To Find Bouncebackability

    Middlesbrough need to quickly get back to normal service if they are to get last week’s shock defeat out of the system.   A win at the Ricoh Arena would be the ideal positive response to a 5-0 hammering from West Brom. If we can find our feet and refind our form at Coventry then that defeat could indeed turn out to be nothing more than a blip. A fourth away win of the season would certainly settle us back into the groove again.   It will not be an easy task ....


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Boro Must Throttle Throstles To Go Top

    Boro can win today’s top of the table clash to climb to the top of the Championship tree. It will be the climax to a fantastic football week (8 day) in which we have won 2 games, scored 6 goals and signed 2 players. It will also be sweet revenge against the team who effectively sent us down last season by taking 6 points off us. What particularly sticks in the memory and gives us nightmares is that incredible one sided bombardment at the Riverside last Autumn. We had an ....


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Boro Aim To Silence Sheffield

    Boro play Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday. Confused? Hopefully the Owls will be and we get back on to winning way son the road.   There will be a big travelling crowd going down the M1 tonight as we make our first trip to Hillsborough in some years. Memories of cup finals and semi finals come flooding back but we will be round to the West Stand tonight in Championship action this time.   New signing Sean St Ledger will probably be in the area though I would have ....


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Can Boro Put The Skids Under The Tractor Boys?

  Boro need to bounce back today after defeats and transfer window disappointment. They will not find it an easy task again Rot Keane’s Ipswich Town. The East Anglian side is struggling, Keane responded by swooping in the transfer market. The pressure is on for Roy let’s put him deeper in it.   Boro fans are full of concerns for the future after seeing captain Huth, Tuncay and Alves sold off without replacements. The only way to ease some of those worries is by the team ....


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Can Boro Rock The Robins?

  Boro pack up their troubles and hopefully take three points down in the west country on Saturday. Let’s hope we can come away with another away win in the bank this Bank Holiday weekend.   It’s life after Huth tomorrow. Let’s hope Seb Hines, Jonathan Grounds or whoever else steps into Robert Huth’s huge boots can immediately forge a winning defensive partnership with David Wheater. No doubt Danny Coyne will be lending his experience in guiding the ....


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Tame The Tricky Trees

  Middlesbrough open their Carling Cup campaign this evening with a tricky away tie against the Tricky Trees of Nottingham Forest. We managed to get a bye through the First Round because Carling likes the north east so much so the 2nd Round will be our first taste of cup football this season. The League is certainly the priority for Gareth Southgate’s team but a win against Forest and a nice little cup run will not do us any harm at all.   Nottingham Forest powered their way ....


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Bonny Boro To Down Donny

  The big question on everyone’s lips is can Boro bring the winning habit back home to the Riverside v Doncaster, tomorrow? If we could win it you get the feeling that things could start to take off again. After almost 9 months of away defeats suddenly everyone is up for awaydays again. If we could take 3 points at the Riverside then those empty red seats are going to quickly start being covered up. Obviously, I would rather be in the Premier League but at the same time I am ....


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