Boro Must Bounce Back v Bolton
By Rob Nichols
Wednesday 19 Sep 2018 08:26:00
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Boro need to bounce back this evening and take full points from visitors Bolton Wanderers. A first defeat of the season away at Norwich has raised question marks against Boro's strong start. With Leeds winning impressively last night we need to play catch up and grasp the opportunity of the first of two successive home games this week to push our way to the top of the pack once more. Boro v Bolton Wanderers, Riverside, 7.45pm. BE THERE.

A rare Wednesday kick off at home for Boro tonight. Nothing sacred except Thursdays, or is it, for football fans in the Championship these days. That means we are playing catch up after Leeds recorded a resounding 3-0 home win on a night where everyone around us except Swansea seemed to record victories. That certainly ramps up the pressure on Boro.

But we need to win for ourselves, to prove that Norwich was just a blip and that the international break has not halted our momentum but that it was just a stutter in our progress. A scruffy game at Carrow Road looked destined for a 0-0 until the home side grabbed an untidy finish in the box. Boro's inability to respond, even after several shifts in formation, as well as player personnel, made it a difficult watch. So, tonight is all about the response.

You have to feel for visiting manager Phil Parkinson and the Bolton Wanderers fans. Somehow the former Bradford League Cup final boss kept them afloat in the Championship despite starting last season on a transfer embargo. Now they face another administration; our League Cup final opponents have been victims of some appalling financial mismanagement since our head to head in Cardiff.

One player to impress at Carrow Road was late substitute Jordan Hugill. He looked far fitter and was a real handful with his strength as a target man and posed a real threat in the box. Could he be poised for a first start? We will surely need to call on the services of Martin Braithwaite far earlier in the match, we have missed his spark of invention and creativity and bridging that divide between midfield and attack. We have also missed his goals.

The manager has so many options, perhaps too many options in midfield. Mo Besic was prone to taking the wrong options all too often at Norwich. His replacement George Saville pitched straight into the battle but probably needs time to find his feet and show what he has to offer.

Jonny Howson had his least effective game of the season back at his old stamping ground. But then again he did have our clearest opportunity to score, denied by a smart save in the first half.

Boro need to impress tonight and show that they have what it takes to be in it for the long haul. We need to bounce back from the damaging defeat in East Anglia to making sure the Riverside remains our fortress home and leave no one in any doubt about our promotion credentials. We need to win and move back up that league again.

Come On Boro



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