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Boro Bid For Happy New Year At Preston

Middlesbrough fans will see in the New Year at Preston hoping it is a brand new start for the club and one of going forward again. I don’t think any Boro fan will be disappointed to see the back of what has been a pretty disastrous year. Let’s hope we can turn over a new leaf and start a new chapter by taking 3 points from the Lillywhites at Deepdale. Kick off 3pm, New Year’s Day. I suppose it was just asking too much that we might end the rubbish year of 2017 with a third ....


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Pulis Confirmed

2018 will be the year of the cap as Boro appoint Tony Pulis as manager. The man in the hat is seen as the safe pair of hands to marshall a squad of many talents and turn them into a team and a promotion fighting force. Pulis is a manager that get results, where the ends can justify the means. If this means promotion then I suppose everything else goes out of the window. If the cap fits... Today, it is Liddlesbrough, Miniature G said, as crisis manager Craig Liddle looks to build on that second ....


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Boro Prepare To Enter The Lions Den

Boro need to show that the Ipswich win was no flash in the pan as we travel south and enter the Lions New Den on Saturday v Millwall. Always a hostile atmosphere and never an easy place to get a result but the New Den has been a kind venue for Boro in recent times. We need to get another positive result to show that Garry Monk’s Middlesbrough has turned the corner and is poised to attack the league in the New Year. We have a few good memories of the New Den. The last Boro hat trick came ....


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The Boro Commitments

Boro take on Ipswich tomorrow, a team 3 points in front of us in the table. Can we do what we have failed to do so many times before this season, compete and beat a team above us in the league? We will need belief and we will need composure at both ends of the pitch and we will need real commitment. I asked Garry Monk if he could guarantee levels of commitment out on the Riverside pitch tomorrow. The fans are very committed week in and week out and will always back a team of players giving ....


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Garry Monk’s Call For Boro Reaction

There will be no hiding place for Garry Monk’s Middlesbrough on Saturday. There can be excuses now as he readily admits. The under-fire boss says himself it is time for a reaction. This time , more than any other time they have to get it right and defeat Ipswich Town at the Riverside, Saturday 3pm kick off. Garry Monk was not ducking any questions yesterday at the Hurworth press conference. He held his hands up from the very start. “There is no getting around it, it has been a ....


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Can Boro Rob The Robins?

Middlesbrough need to hit back tomorrow in the tea time kick off at the much revamped Ashton Gate. We must cut out the errors and score to close the gap opening above us. Opponents Bristol City are now 5 points ahead of us. Boro have to show top form now and bounce back. Kick off 5.30pm. Boro fell apart in a nightmare second half v Derby. One of several players that helped gift wrap that game to the Rams is Daniel Ayala, suspended at Bristol City. So, he will have no opportunity for an early ....


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Can Boro Bounce Back V Birmingham?

Can Boro begin to bury that deeply damaging defeat at Leeds United by bouncing back with a home win tonight v struggling Birmingham City? It is windy outside but Boro fans will be hoping that Garry Monk can galvanise the troops to blow away the Brummies in this 7.45pm kick off at Riverside. Our opponents today tend not to do things by the book. The self styled sleeping giants of the West Midlands dismissed King Harry Redknapp, barely before a ball had been kicked into a Brummie net this ....


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Can Boro Beat Leeds And Leeds And Leeds?

What a head to head to return to Championship action. Can Boro keep the revival rolling forward with a huge win over Leeds at Elland Road today? Kick off today at 1.15pm.  Guaranteed to be red and white-hot atmosphere. One of the key showdowns of the season. Everyone argues about whether this is a derby match, it most certainly was when I was a youngster in the 60s and 70s. All those kids supporting Revie’s Leeds with their Leeds United bags and scarves meant there was a real edge ....


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Boro Looking For High Noon Victory V Sunderland

High noon and the most eagerly awaited home game of the season, the A19 derby, Boro v Sunderland. Can Middlesbrough turn two victories in a row into a treble by winning at home today against Sunderland? Yes, no ordinary game this one, as if there wasn’t enough at stake already this is the Tees Wear derby, the one game you simply cannot lose and you have to win.  Let’s do it. Kick off 12.15pm. There will be a cauldron of noise at the Riverside for this high noon shoot out ....


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Can Boro Make It A Halloween Hell For Hull?

Boro travel to KCom Stadium tonight hoping to make it a Halloween horror show for the home team. Can we make it back to back away wins? That could represent a massive break-through for Garry Monk’s Middlesbrough. It would be a big turnaround after our Premier defeat there only six months ago. Come On Boro. Boro will be full of confidence after finally returning to winning ways with that 2-0 victory at Reading last weekend. On the debit side it was a victory over a struggling side but it ....


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Can Boro Bounce Back At Barnsley?

Boro fans will travel to Barnsley this weekend hoping to see a resurgent team really starting to show form on the road. There is another sell-out away contingent who will be certainly making themselves heard and hopefully lifting the roof at Oakwell as Boro bounce back from the international break displaying signs of clicking into gear. Not that it will easy against a dangerous Barnsley team. Kick off 3pm. The form of Garry Monk’s Boro tailed off alarmingly in the final week and two ....


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Can Boro Bounce Back V Brentford?

Boro’s momentum came to a crashing halt with the 0-1 defeat to Norwich City on Tuesday night. Down went the home record also and the confidence of Boro fans in the progress made under Garry Monk. There are so many reasons then for the management and team to prove Norwich was a blip and bounce back with points and attacking verve and style v Brentford. Kick off 3pm Riverside. On the face of things there could hardly be better opponents for Boro to face to try and quickly right the wrong. ....


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Boro Can Make It A Super Tuesday V Canaries

Boro take on Norwich City tonight and a victory will see us starting to really assert ourselves in the promotion stakes. It is the first of two home games this week that could see Boro pushing up towards the top of the table. We like Tuesday games at Boro, the BBC tell us we haven’t lost at home on this night since 2011 and Garry Monk has a similar strong record, unbeaten as a manager on a Tuesday. Let’s keep it going tonight and make it a super Tuesday. Boro v Norwich kick off ....


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Can Boro Fulham?

The Boro express runs full steam into last season’s play off contenders Fulham on Saturday hoping to drive them into the River Thames. Venue Craven Cottage. Kick off 3pm. Bound to be a thriller. It was anything but thrilling last time we both met. The first step on the rung of the cup formerly known as the Football League Cup was actually as far as either team wanted to get. Fulham had promotion ambitions, Boro Premier stay up intentions. It was a long night as both teams tried their ....


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Can Boro Make It Two In A Row?

Boro head down to Aston Villa looking to back up Saturday’s win with another 3 points on the road. After enduring over 12 months without an away win is it being greedy to ask for a second, just days after the Bolton win? Not a bit of it. A win tonight and we are right in the thick of the promotion mix. Kick off 7.45pm, Villa Park and there are tickets on the turnstile. Garry Monk has been asking for more from his team and underlining that it is all about the team not the individual. ....


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Boro Can Return To Winning Ways At Bolton?

Boro travel to Bolton tomorrow hoping to bury recent bad results and return to winning ways again at the home of the Wanderers. Can we make it a winning restart after the international break? 3pm kick off. Boro travel to the stadium formerly known as the Reebok to take on a Bolton side struggling to come to terms with Championship. The newly promoted side have still to register a win but are hampered by a very restrictive transfer embargo. Former Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson was ....


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Boro Can Punish Preston

Can Boro get back to winning ways in the League when we meet and hopefully beat Preston North End at the Riverside tomorrow? So far it has been a 100% record at home, let’s keep it rolling on. Kick off 3pm. Preston are 1 point and 2 places ahead of us in the League at present, although the table doesn’t really have much meaning until the end of the first month. So that will be after this weekend’s fixture then. Martin Braithwaite could be available again for the first time ....


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Are We Up For The Cup?

… Well, are we? Or is the second round of the Carabao Cup the last thing on anyone’s list of priorities this Tuesday? Any Boro game is not to be missed. A cup run to who knows where starts tonight when Boro take on Scunthorpe United at the Riverside. 7.45pm kick off. It’s the start of Boro’s League Cup campaign tonight, after our bye in the First Round. Or should that be EFL Cup, or Carabao Cup? What is in a name? A lot of sponsorship money and 4.15 am draws in China ....


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Can Boro Pull Up Tricky Trees?

Can Boro keep up the momentum going away at Nottingham Forest? It is always a tricky fixture and Forest has started strongly at home. Can we make it our first away success tomorrow (Saturday) 3pm kick off? Boro is a “work in progress” according to manager Garry Monk. But we could definitely see signs of progression this week as the team kicked on from the 1-0 win over Sheffield United to a comfortable 2-0 success against Burton. Forest will provide far tougher opposition. The ....


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Can Boro Send Albion For A Burton?

Boro aim to make it two home wins in a row and propel ourselves into the business end of the EFL Championship when we take on Burton Albion tonight at the Riverside, kick off 7.45pm. Amazingly it is the first time we have ever met in the league, even though we seem to have made a habit of playing in the cups over recent seasons. Both teams have chalked up cup wins from tight, competitive games. Can we build on that first half performance against the Blades and bury our second half and really ....


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Boro Can Stop Sheffield United In Their Tracks

The long awaited first home league game for Garry Monk’s new Middlesbrough when we take on promoted Sheffield United. We will have to wait a little longer though for this tea time kick off down by the Riverside. 5.30pm Kick Off.  Come On Boro. Boro have a great opportunity to bounce back from the opening day defeat at Wolves last weekend when we take on the Yorkshire Blades. The match is closely followed on by a home game with Burton Albion on Tuesday so a great chance to really get ....


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Boro Look For Golden Opener

Boro kick off back in the Championship tomorrow against another big spending club with lofty ambitions in Wolves, will be dancing at.. Molineux tomorrow night? Kick off Saturday, 3pm. New Boro manager Garry Monk described the Championship as “the most difficult league in the world.” He should know only too well having battled Leeds United to the verge of the play offs last season and you can well imagine there were also a lot of battles off the field at Massimo’s Elland ....


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Boro In Spotland

Boro fans are heading west to Spotland, Rochdale today as the club welcomes another top-flight addition to the squad. Irish international stopper Darren Randolph has finally been secured from West Ham. Meanwhile, Stuani has gone the other way as Garry Monk’s new look Boro really starts to shape up for the Premier promotion push ahead. Darren Randolph represents excellent business for Boro. The Irish international forced his way into first team for the Hammers last season but now has his ....


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Boro V The Stags

Boro begin their UK friendly games v Mansfield Town away tonight at Field Mill, kick off 7.30pm kick-off. You can pay at the gate, £12 adult/£6 concessions. It feels like the season is a whole lot closer now as new manager Garry Monk follows up after the two Portugal games against Oxford United and Chesterfield and with a game in the East Midlands. Mansfield Town play three home games this week, having lost narrowly on Saturday to a Boro promotion rival, Sheff Wed 3-2. ....


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Boro Play For Tees Pride At Liverpool

  Boro play out one final Premier fixture away at Anfield on Sunday. We have nothing to play for but pride whereas a Liverpool win guarantees Championship football next season. Have we got anything more to give or will it be a final damp squib to match the Stamford Bridge too far? Kick off Sunday 3pm. There will be a great deal of attention on Anfield this Sunday. The only thing left to be settled in the top flight is which team grabs that final Champions League place. Liverpool hold ....


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