By Rob Nichols
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Boro's Wembley cup dream was ended when we were outclassed and defeated by an imperious Manchester City.
So often in the past a nemesis for City, Boro' s chances of repeating past glories were dealt a blow to the heart when Silva scored inside three minutes.
We did still have a go but once again we were unable to really throw off the shackles and mount any sustained attacks. A fourth successive home tie and it was a full house for a big cup occasion, a Quarter Final against recent Champions and Cup winners Man City.
That is how my review for itv.com began written straight after the final whistle yesterday. The end of the road as far as the FA Cup is concerned. Now we can hide no longer from Premier relegation realities. Do we take anything from the cup campaign to give us hope for our top flight survival?
There were some good individual performances for Boro but injuries to Gestede and Bernardo are a worry. Gestede was our most threatening forward and it was a big blow on the day when he limped out of the action.
There is no doubt that we were playing a very accomplished Champions League team in Man City, and they packed their eleven with most of their big names. Yet there was little evidence of the pressing game to peg City back nor of the endeavour we showed when we knocked City out of the cup a couple of years ago.
Sadly, League results meant that we slipped back to second from bottom in the league and so increased the pressures and deepened our relegation crisis. We simply must react.
The Wembley dream is over now but can we change our tactics and have a real go against Man United next weekend at the Riverside? To continue our decline without any reaction would seem unforgiveable.
My full match review, written straight after the game for itv.com Boro Fan Blog