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Boro Turn Heat On Derby And Power On

Boro turned the heat on Derby and powered on through to victory. After a hugely impressive display we are in pole position for a play off finish with only two games remaining. Boro seem to be hitting our best form of the season just at the right time. The sun was blazing in Derby and temperatures were soaring. Boro would make it extremely uncomfortable for the home side from the start. The red of the away section stood out as it filled before kick off. That big and noisy travelling support ....


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What A Difference A Win Makes

Boro have finally defeated bogey team Bristol City at the Riverside and our reward is that the whole play off promotion world has opened up for us once more. Half time at Bramall Lane it was despair, full time at the Riverside we were suddenly propelled up to the fifth place in the league. What a difference a win can make. Boro showed immense character from not only bouncing back from the defeat at Sheff U but overcoming an early deficit to play off rivals Bristol City. Results elsewhere ....


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Pulis Boro Foils Aitor Return

Boro bounced back from an unhappy Easter with a 2-0 home win over Nottingham Forest. This meant a defeat for returning former boss Aitor Karanka who was accorded a standing ovation when he marched into his technical area in the first half. Goals from former Karanka Championship mainstays Ayala and Downing did the damage. But it was former Forest fan, Patrick Bamford, that starred in a game that further cements our grip on the final play off position. There was good news for Boro fans on the ....


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True Britt - Boro Late Late Saviour

  Boro\'s play off hopes almost went for a Burton yesterday until that Britt Assombalonga injury time equaliser gave us a glimmer of hope. The home team were deservedly in front after making most of the early running. They defended defiantly in the second period and Boro appeared to run out of ideas and time before Harrison hit the bar and Britt finished from under it. Lets face it without Traore we would have been knocked out of the running this Easter. Almost inevitably it was one ....


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Boro Fail To Keep Company With Wolves

Despite going down to just nine men Wolves defeated Boro at the Riverside to move close to promotion and leave major doubts over Middlesbrough\'s promotion credentials. Boro found it hard to break down the well-organised Midlanders and even having the ace of the outstanding Traore on board was not enough to give Boro the cutting edge we sadly lacked. Wolves showed their Championship leader credentials by going for the kill straight after Helder Costa\'s opener and ensuring a match winning ....


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Boro Escape With Point At Brentford

Boro escaped with a point away at Brentford. Despite taking the lead through Adama Traore\'s powerful run and shot Boro were pressed back for most of the game. Brentford\'s first half equaliser was the very least the home side deserved. Even though The Bees ended with 10 men there was a strong feeling around the away end that Boro got out of gaol with a share of the points at1-1.It was freezing cold with snow swirling around as Boro fans arrived at quaint old Griffin Park. It felt far colder to ....


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Third Win In A Row - Boro Moving On Up

An impressive 3-1 victory for Boro over Barnsley strengthens our hold over 6th place and a play off position. We were ahead from the first seconds thanks to Ayala\'s prod home. Can we now complete our taming of the B\'s by following Birmingham and Barnsley with a win over Brentford next week? First things first, we had to see off the challenge of a team scrapping for their lives, fourth bottom, Barnsley. Yet from the moment Ayala popped up in the box the Yorkshire side were chasing shadows. ....


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Boro Give Garry Monk The Blues

Boro\'s play off push continued with a battling win at St Andrews last night. The fact that it turned out to be Garry Monk\'s first game in charge of Birmingham City added extra spice but he and Birmingham would be left frustrated as Boro dug in deep in the second half to defend Patrick Bamford\'s goal. At the end of a long, long night we left the Midlands sitting pretty in sixth place. A big night for Boro. We don\'t usually have much to sing about when we play away at Birmingham. I can ....


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Boro\'s Icy Blast For Leeds

It was the game that seemed to be in jeopardy all week but there was absolutely no doubts about the result, an emphatic 3-0 win as Boro trounced Leeds and Leeds. It was a glory night for Patrick Bamford, completing Boro\'s first Riverside hat trick since Afonso Alves. Also a special night for the reprieved from suspension, Adama Traore, who ran riot through the bamboozled Leeds ranks. IN fact, all in all, what a night! Yes, a top evening it was down at the Riverside. All credit to the staff ....


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Injury Time Sickener At Sunderland

It was the draw that felt like a defeat. The derby match that apparently wasn’t a derby. And so that is why two players were sent off, six goals scored and there were 8 minutes time added on in the first half and an equaliser in the seventh minute added at the end of the second. In other words not quite the average match. A whole season of incidents in one afternoon. Boro fans were making their way north all Saturday morning by trains, coaches and automobiles. It was sunny but cold at ....


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Boro Give Hull Hell

Tony Pulis Boro answered their critics and sent Hull City tumbling with a comfortable 3-1 win at the Riverside. It was striker power that won the day with forwards Rudy Gestede (2) and Patrick Bamford finally finding the way to the back of the net. Boro must now build on this success and stick the knife into the faltering heart of neighbours Sunderland on Saturday. Two wins this week is an absolute must to plant us firmly back in the play off picture. On a windswept winter’s evening the ....


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Traore Terrific Outshines Brittle Britt Blunder

Minutes into the second half and two nil up thanks to stunning goals, both of them from Adama Traore, the headline might have been Boro Royal Victory or Royals Flushed. Then came a farcical finale that almost made it That Takes The Biscuit. Boro sat back and invited Reading back into the game before squandering a penalty in the most amazing of circumstances. In the end we did hold out for that 2-1 win. So, we are up and running now under Tony Pulis at home in the Championship and clawing back ....


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Rudy Sees Red In Boro Away Day Blues

  Middlesbrough\'s away run came to a crashing end at Norwich as Rudy Gestede saw red, Boro withdrew into defence and the Canaries eventually found a way through the red wall. Once our defences were breached we could only hope for a big set-piece moment but we never really looked like converting a corner or free kick all game. It was a long way to go for a 1-0 defeat. It was a frustrating afternoon in the cold and murk of East Anglia. Boro showed off their new slimmed down squad, with ....


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Frustration At The Riverside

It was a frustrating night at the Riverside as once again Boro did not trouble the scoreboard. Sheffield Wednesday came to stifle and defend and Boro could find no way past to break the deadlock. Despite creating clear cut chances we did not possess the composure to convert them and so had to settle for a share of the spoils and a goalless draw, not what a 24 000 crowd wanted to warm them on a cold winter night. If I was a betting man, which I am not, then a 0-0 draw would have screamed out at ....


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Can We Beat Wednesday On Tuesday?

  Can Boro finally win a home league game under Tony Pulis? Tonight could be the night as Boro bid to put the bad luck and missed chances behind them and secure a win against struggling Sheffield Wednesday at the Riverside this evening: 7.45pm kick off. The last time we met Wednesday was one incredible night. It was a brilliant comeback by Boro, fuelled by goals from two under fire players, Jonny Howson and then Ryan Shotton. Look at how their Boro careers have taken off since. The ....


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Murray Get Out Of Gaol Card For Brighton V Boro

  An unlucky break in the last minute sent Boro crashing out of the FA Cup on Saturday. George Friend\'s clearance struck arch-predator Glenn Murray and hammered off his knee passing a helpless Darren Randolph and into the net. And so Boro went out of the FA Cup at the Riverside at the Fourth Round stage but Premier club Brighton know they have had one lucky escape. Middlesbrough started with Adam Clayton and Ashley Fletcher as we looked to conquer Premier League strugglers Brighton. ....


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Boro Rock Rangers

Boro took Loftus Road by storm on Saturday, inflicting a crushing 3-0 defeat on Queens Park Rangers. Tony Pulis Boro side is really clicking into gear on the road. Promising times for Boro fans. There was another minor reshuffle for Boro before their game in West London. Just as at Preston there was no Martin Braithwaite, instead Boro started Patrick Bamford wide but withdrawn on the flank, soon switching sides with Traore. Stewart Downing was roving in the centre, pressing forward along with ....


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Boro Pay Penalty V Fulham

Tony Pulis is still searching for his first home league victory after Fulham rocked us back inflicting a 1-0 injury time defeat at the Riverside on Saturday. There was a great deal of controversy in that win by the fast-improving Londoners. A last gasp penalty had more than a hint of a dive about it and earlier in the half Martin Braithwaite was pushed to the ground in the penalty area by Tomas Kalas. There were loud boos around the Riverside as the referee exited the scene of the crime. I ....


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Boro Serve Sunderland Cup Of Woe

Boro saw off Sunderland in the early kick off 3rd Round FA Cup tie yesterday. Rivals Sunderland were never really in the contest after Rudy Gestede’s early goal. Martin Braithwaite made it 2 just before half time and Boro fans could relax in a second half knowing that we will be progressing into the 4th round again this year. Although most fans would have felt inconvenienced by the early 1pm kick off it did of course mean that we got the job done early and could sit back through the ....


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Boro Bounce Back In New Year Stunner

For the second successive away match Boro fought back from going behind to secure a memorable victory. This time, new manager Tony Pulis showed the wisdom of his experience by timely changes to personnel and formation to plot a route back from defeat to a stunning win. It was a comeback win that made it a very Happy New Year for Boro fans celebrating in Preston. Preston North End always represented difficult opponents for this New Year’s Day fixture. In their last game they had ....


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Pulis Plotting For Winning Start

Tony Pulis will pull on his manager’s cap and take his seat in the Boro dug out today as he aims to begin his reign with a victory over Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa. Can the former Albion and Stoke manager start by grabbing 3 points and keeping up the momentum of three successive wins? It would be a really positive way to bow out of such a disappointing year. Kick off at the Riverside 3pm. Speculation about Pulis first Boro team has almost reached fever pitch as fans cannot wait to ....


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No Xmas For Garry Monk

What an astonishing eve of Christmas eve it was. First the match and the incredible emotion of being down and then after Leadbitter’s penalty miss, apparently out. Only for the two players that have taken so much stuck, Howson and Shotton to redeem themselves and the club and bring us an incredible victory. Who would have thought afterwards that it would be Monk and not Sheff Wed’s manager that would have a P45 amongst his Christmas cards? Wow. Merry Christmas Garry Monk. At 5pm he ....


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Boro Must Shoot Down The Owls

Boro fans travel to Sheffield Wednesday looking for a massive improvement on last week’s defensive collapse at Millwall. We simply must get the away form going again and we cannot afford this one step forward two steps back season to continue any longer. Funnily enough, Sheff Wed fans will be saying the self-same thing, with bells on it. Kick off 3pm. It is a battle between two under-performing, under pressure clubs and coaches. The Owls are bottom of the form league and so far off the ....


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Bamford Shines As Boro Blast Back

It was the game that Garry Monk said we had to win. It was the game that we all knew we had to win. Boro stopped the rot and finally defeated a team above us. It was surely our best home win of the season and in Patrick Bamford we were able to enjoy a Premier class forward, scoring a Premier class goal. Relief and delight were two of the chief emotions at the Riverside on Saturday. A chilly Saturday, that turned freezing, was warmed up by a quality attacking display, from a Boro side that ran ....


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Boro Blasted By Bristol

Boro were left beaten and mentally bruised by defeat away at Bristol City. After the match, manager Garry Monk apologised to the 900 who had journeyed so far only to be badly let down in the Saturday evening defeat. A defeat that now leaves us in 9th place and dropping like a stone down the Championship table we all hoped and expected we might be heading. Bad times indeed. It is Bristol City now eyeing up an assault on the automatic promotion places after taking Boro apart with two second half ....


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