Boro Great Escape
By Rob Nichols
Wednesday 22 Jul 2020 22:33:00
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Boro came through the final test and to escape relegation with a 2-1 win at Sheff Wed. We had to do it from behind after conceding early from a Murphy shot that took a wicked deflection. But McNair finished well from Tav's pull back. Then after weathering a few dodgy moments in the second half Fletcher fed Britt to grab an injury time winner to seal the win and with it Championship safety.

Boro fans worries about the Wigan 12 point deduction were soon calmed when results elsewhere quickly went against all the teams chasing Boro down. Even though Luton turned it round against Blackburn and Birmingham clawed back a draw with Derby Leeds piled in goal after goal against Charlton to ease all our nerves.

Boro started tonight with just 6 players on the bench. Adam Clayton not declaring himself available to come in as cover in the squad for the suspended Jonny Howson. In the end we only used the one sub, with Wing replacing Tav who had an outstanding first half both creatively and also blotting out the Owls playmaker Barry Bannon.

Boro fans feared the worst going head to head with Garry Monk, a manager probably with a grudge against us. But as the game grew closer the fact there is no crowd in Hillsborough the penny started to drop that there would be no edge against Sheff Utd fan Warnock or in support of Monk. And once again Boro showed they prefer to play on the road. Of course under Warnock we have a 50/50 record, winning at Stoke, Millwall, Reading and now Wednesday to finish up in 17th place. What was all the fuss about!?!

Captain George Friend has been outstanding throughout the lock down campaign. As a stand in centre back he has marshalled the back line and been powerful in the air and on the deck. He was man of the match in the final game. Absolutely commanding. Personally I hope that is not his last match. He has devoted so much to our club on and off the pitch and as a top club captain. When injured remember when he was injured he went down on the touchline to support young Djed Spence in the youngster debut at right back.

Relief it is all over. Too many times during these final nine games it looked like Boro's time was up in the Championship but Neil Warnock has dug us out. Even when the players were dropping by the wayside and the squad was ultimately down to 17 players available. And we hardly had a spare forward or defender to call up.

Now we wait until Thursday to see if Neil Warnock and Steve Gibson decide that their futures will be together next season. But for now we can be very relieved that we will not be dropping down into level three. Thank you Neil Warnock, George Friend and everyone that pulled together to keep us afloat.

Up The Boro



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