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Irons Put Boro Nearer Relegation Fire

In a huge game for Boro, Andy Carroll proved too hot to handle, helping himself to a brace as West Ham heaped misery on Middlesbrough with a 3-1 defeat. It had been end to end in the first half with two teams really going for it but Carroll’s second right on half time proved our undoing after we had come back so strongly with a Stuani goal cancelling out Carroll’s unopposed header from a corner. The third goal was a late, late breakaway as Boro chased the game and even then it took ....


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An Emotional Day At Watford

Boro v Watford was overshadowed by the death of Watford legend Graham Taylor. There were tributes before and during the game observed by both sets of fans to one of football\'s real gentlemen. It was very emotional day indeed. This was my blog written for itv.com on the Abbey Flyer Train between Watford Junction and St Albans after the final whistle at Vicarage Road. It was an emotional afternoon but it is one of those days when you feel privileged to be part of a community coming ....


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Ten-man Boro Ease Past The Owls

The third round draw saw Boro paired up against Sheffield Wednesday, a side on a five-game unbeaten run and currently in sixth place in the EFL Championship. We went into the game following a bore-draw with champions Leicester City the week prior; a fixture we might have thought we deserved to win on the day. Both sides fielded strong line-ups, with the Boro making five changes to the side that faced the Foxes. Many fans expected to see new £6m signing Rudy Gestede make his first start ....


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Boro Tame The Owls

Ten man Boro brushed aside Sheffield Wednesday yesterday to march on into the 4th round hat of the FA Cup. Both teams finally got up for the cup in the second half yesterday after a tepid first 45minutes. But there was more action, thrills, spills, red cards and goals to make up and entertain the near 24 000 crowd. And now we have the excitement of the 4th round draw tonight. Here is my Boro fan blog written straight after the game with nicely biased report on the refereeing and the red ....


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Boro Sink The Swans

What a way to finish off a deeply worrying week. We buried the bad memoris of Southampton and the nightmare of wicked Wednesday v Liverpool with a brilliant 3-0 win over Swansea. Christmas came early as Negreedo (2) and de Roon grabbed the goals. The returning Gaston Ramirez made such a massive difference. Fabio was sensational at the back. Clayton the destroyer stepped forward and turned goal maker with the cross for the first goal, superbly despatched into the corner by Negredo. ....


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Boro Taken Apart

Boro were taken to the cleaners in a second half where Liverpool underlined their title credentials in a display that we just couldn’t live with. Ironic really that the first half was fairly even with chances for both sides. In fact we responded well to going a goal down with Mignolet making a strong save from Viktor Fischer but after the break it was a different story as we were completely swamped by a rampant Liverpool. Some Premier lessons tonight alright. We might have battled so ....


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Boro Can Right The Wrongs V Liverpool

  Boro can bury the Southampton performance and result with a very positive display and points haul at home to Liverpool. In fact two strong showings at home this week could mean that the Southampton debacle can very rapidly be forgotten history. Not that it is great compensation for all those that endured a woeful second half at St Mary\'s. Boro failed to change and respond tactically after going a goal down and that second half seemed to drag. All I could think of was the long haul ....


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Boro Strike At Stricken Hull

To me, East Coast derbies mean North-east derbies and the NE’s  ‘Hotbed of Soccer’. So Boro v Hull isn’t one that particularly stirs my blood, also taking into account that the two teams have spent decades in different leagues - however, it is sad to see the two of us in precarious positions in the Premier League.  So both teams need three points really, but this won’t happen. Looking at the respective points and Goals ‘For’ and ....


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Boro Get Owls And Sink Hull

  Boro were were handed a home draw in the FA Cup 3rd Round last night. We will face Championship Sheffield Wednesday at the Riverside on the weekend of Saturday January 7th. That will mean linking up with former Boro winger Adam Reach now settling into life further back on the left flank. Boro fans heard the news in transit to last night\'s vital Premier relegation clash with Hull City. It was a game that we simply had to win and we did not disappoint. Just the one change to the ....


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Boro Pay The Penalty At Leicester

  So close but so far. Marten de Roon was drawn into an injury time penalty foul that meant Boro failed to beat the Champions in their own King Power domain. Gutted was the overwhelming reaction and emotion shared by Boro fans and players alike. Points snatched away from us with just seconds to spare. Points and a victory that would have seen us taking one giant leap up the table and away from the relegation trap door. So close... We had played so well and so richly deserved the 3 ....


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Home To Chelsea Chance To Find Out How Good We Are

Boro’s first home win and uplifting draws at Arsenal and Man City before the international break have lifted morale in no uncertain way, and we might even be said to be looking forward to the visit of Chelsea on Sunday 20 Nov. However, home ties do have that extra sense of expectation, so avoiding defeat must be the first priority against a Chelsea team which has been sweeping all before them since they changed to a 3 -4 -3 formation in September. Boro fan in Manchester Alan Mason talks ....


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Boro Go Down Fighting V Chelsea

  Boro put up a special Sunday show yesterday against a Chelsea reaching out for the top of the Premier League. We went down fighting and only the lightning quick reactions of Diego Costa separated the two sides at the final whistle. Boro can take a great deal of pride and confidence for the battles ahead from this strong showing at the Riverside. It was a full house with both sets of supporters contributing to a tremendous atmosphere. On an icy cold day there was plenty to warm the ....


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Boro Better Than Barca

  What a fabulous result on Saturday at Man City. To take on the team that had beaten Barca in midweek and hold them to a draw was a real achievement. The fact that City and fans and even Ian Wtigt-Wright-Wright on MoTD didn\'t “get” our first half performance at all says more about them perhaps than us. It also points to how we managed to copy our Arsenal performance and work another miracle because for some reason it wasn\'t expected by our opponents. The ecstasy of the ....


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Ramirez Lights Up Riverside In Boro Victory Show

Boro’s Uruguayan Gaston Ramirez scored a stunning first half goal to knock the pips out of the Cherries and set us on a path to victory. A little bit of magic by Traore, a set-up by Negredo and a cool finish by Downing made it 2-0 in the second half. Bournemouth were a beaten team long before they ran out of ideas and ran short of players. Red Faction inspired Boro fans with a superb pre-match display celebrating 140 years of Middlesbrough FC. Today Gaston Ramirez lit up the Riverside ....


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Can Boro Kick On?

  Last week\'s draw at Arsenal was an outstanding result and a performance that gave everyone, players and fans alike real confidence going forward. Can we take those new standards and kick on today and finally break the home duck v Bournemouth. A 3pm kick off at a packed Riverside this afternoon. Come On Boro. Yes Boro finally found their Premier feet with that superb defensive display and then springing forward to our Arsenal the kings of counter attacking football. We now to bring ....


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Magnificent Boro Silence The Gunners

What a performance by Boro. The whole world seemed to be caving in on us. A slight exaggeration perhaps but only slight. We were dropping like a stone and dangling by a thread above the relegation zone. Goal difference. How ironic for a tea, so shot shy. When you cannot recall your last win it is hardly the contest you want to go head to head v the top of the Premier League on their home patch. But what a difference a game makes. Come On Boro.   Aitor Karanka made a few changes ....


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Boro Stung By Hornets

  It was a game that most Boro fans felt we needed to win. That need became even greater after Saturday results and the knowledge that anything short of a victory next week at in form Arsenal would almost certainly take us into the bottom three. The pressure was on then for a first home win but the Riverside has been our stronghold and even a revived Watford should have been an opportunity for a major breakthrough. In the non-event Boro completely failed to build on a spirited ....


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Boro Take Point At Hammers To Halt Slide

  Boro halted the losing sequence with a draw yesterday at West Ham. Stuani headed us into the lead in the second half. Sadly, we could not defend against Payet wriggling through the entire defence but could that point be a precious one at the end of the season? If we can build on the draw in our next home match v Watford then it could yet turn out to be a watershed moment in Boro\'s Premier return. After the Sunderland game, the first trip to London Stadium was the one everyone ....


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Son Shines For Spurs But Boro Fight On

Boro were swept away by a superb Spurs display in the first half at the Riverside. Son has forced his way out of the shadows this season and scored two spectacular goals that broke Boro hearts and nearly shattered our spirit. A reshuffle in the second half and the introduction of Traore and Rhodes galvanised fans and players alike. When local hero Ben Gibson headed into the North Stand the most unlikely of comebacks seemed at least possible. Although we didn’t make it, that second half ....


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Boro Chew On Defeat From Toffees

No one gave Boro much chance of picking up anything from high flying Everton and that was exactly the way things turned out in the end with a 3-1 defeat. But for a time in the first half we were more than matching The Toffees and had been wrongly awarded a lead by the referee. But once Everton had equalised the tide turned and Boro were never able to get even a foothold back into the game. Maybe our opening goal should not have counted but we were good value for our lead in every ....


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Boro Brought Down To Earth By Palace

  Boro fans were brought crashing down to Premier realities yesterday when instead of recording a first home win we were felled by Crystal Palace. The visitors were good value for Christian Benteke\'s headed lead but Boro\'s Ayala pegged them back. A rare chance for Negredo could have given us an undeserved lead right on half time but it was a slip by captain George Friend that gift wrapped a goal for Zaha. Boro powered back in the final minutes as subs de Roon and Ramirez made a big ....


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Boro Make Baggies Boo

Boro more than matched a hard to beat Baggies side and brought back a point from the Midlands to stay unbeaten through August. That means that Boro have bounced up to sixth place in the league on 5 points and can now take stock over the international break and decide where we need to wheel and deal in the final two days of the transfer window. The great thing is however that we have started to re-establish ourselves at the top flight table. There is no need any panic buying for Aitor’s ....


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Boro Cup Of Woe

Boro crashed out of the EFL Cup in extra time at Fulham last night. After taking an early lead through Nugent we looked to be coasting it until the home team equalised with a deflected goal early in the second half. A late extra time winner for the Championship side compounded Boro\'s misery after losing both new signing Fabio and his replacement Friend to injuries. What a costly night of woes it could prove to be. It all looked deceptively easy for Boro when Fabio set up Nugent to give us an ....


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Stuani Shoots Out Sunderland Lights

What a fantastic result yesterday as Boro won the first Wear Tees derby in the Premier League for seven years and silenced the Stadium of Light. It was Uruguayan  international Stuani that did all the goal damage. His first strike was every inch a golden goal from 25 yards out, the second a superb team goal. Boro had to hang on through an all out assault by the Wearsiders in the second period. Yet despite a Van Aanholt goal we just about made it across the finishing line with the victory. ....


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Good To Be Back In The Top Flight

Well, that was a bit good wasn’t it? Alright we didn’t get the result the performance merited but even so it was superb entertainment and with that Negredo goal Boro made a blistering re-entry onto the Premier stage. The sun was shining down on a brilliant footballing day at the Riverside and we graced the top flight with some superb play. After all those years in the Championship we were always going to enjoy our return off the pitch. But when you look at the calibre of the ....


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