Boro Should Pull No PUnches v Ipswich
By Robert Nichols
Saturday 05 May 2018 00:01:00
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Can Boro keep up the momentum by finishing with a win at Ipswich on Sunday? Boro might have made the play offs but it is important to enter those head to heads with a real head of steam. Let's end the campaign on a high.

Tony Pulis admitted it is a balancing act now in ensuring there are no unnecessary risks taken ahead of the play offs. We don't want to pick up any injuries so you wonder kif we will risk Mo Besic who has struggled to train much this week. But on the other hand you do not want to relax and slip back. Ipswich mauled Reading away last week, the last thing we would want was a big defeat. Or any defeat for that matter. We want to finish on form and in fifth.

The season had been petering out for Ipswich after Mick McCarthy waved goodbye in a press conference. But then they put 4 past Reading last weekend. That McCarthy goodbye was the night of Boro's defeat at Sheff Utd but also a second half comeback that I still maintain showed the character that has carried us through to a play off finish.

Portman Road has seldom been a happy hunting ground for Boro over the years but even if the players cannot afford to gear down as fans we can relax a bit tomorrow. It will not be a match on a knife edge. That tension is still to come. Tension with a capital T.

Ipswich Town fans and the club are celebrating 40 years since winning the FA Cup. The goal scorer that day was Roger Osborne for Bobby Robson's side. It will be all back to 1978. For Middlesbrough that was the John Neal top flight era, succeeding Big Jack. Boro might have been contesting in that final if we had overcome 2nd Division Orient kin the Quarter Finals. This was the season where Graeme Souness left for Liverpool and Craig Johnston embarked on his career, while John Hickton finally bowed out.

There might be nostalgia around in Suffolk but Boro will be looking forwards to the play off head to head. Let's make sure we enter that tie with yet another victory under our belts. It could be a wave of momentum that sweeps us along to who knows where. Come on Boro



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