Be The Lions in the Den
By Rob Nichols
Tuesday 07 Jul 2020 17:28:00
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Boro enter the Lions Den needing to show some positive signs of having what it takes to stay in the division. The idea of playing at Millwall at 3pm on a Wednesday without any fans at all was described as “weird” by Neil Warnock at the press conference today. It certainly is that but we need to turn the weird situation to our advantage because with games running out we desperately need to make a move onwards and upwards.

The defeat on Sunday has really brought everyone's mood crashing down to a relegation mood. Typical that it should be the local lad, Hugill, that presented the one piece of class, to finish us off. All those that called him a donkey last season take note, it is coming back to haunt us all. Patience is a virtue in football long out of fashion. Not many are prepared to stick with the long view. As long as the distance out from which that perfectly executed lob was struck.

Boro looked as sluggish as against Swansea. A midfield of Makoudi, Morrison and Saville did us few favours in intensity or creativity. Hopefully we will not see this combination again. We will need to defend and be organised against Millwall but we most of all need to fight like the lions.

At Millwall we will be coming up against in form opponents. They are gunning for the play offs. So, we will need to defend better but we must open them up to create and then take some chances.

Apparently there was some criticism of Fletcher for his not beating the keeper v QPR. I don't see how you can do anything but support the one Boro player that actually looks dangerous in the box at the moment. He is our top scorer for a reason. While we are the lowest goal scorers, it is Fletcher that always looks the most likely. And the one player keeping his cool and not blasting over the bar at present. Give him confidence. Don't lets repeat that Hugill mistake from last season.

It is going to be a big task. But games are running out. We were down on our luck against Hull. But we just looked DOWN v QPR. We need a break and then to cling on for dear life. We need to post a result in London. What a difference a goal or a point or three would make to everyone's confidence and belief that we can yet make the great escape.

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