Boro's Hull, Hell and Happiness
By fmttm
Tuesday 27 Dec 2011 10:36:00
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A fantastic goal by Barry Robson clinched a superb Boxing Day victory for Boro. A bumper 27000+ crowd enjoyed a real battle between two teams on form, full of confidence and evenly matched. It took a late piledriver by Barry Robson to separate the teams. But it is now a win that pushes Hull back to fifth and means we only trail second place West Ham on goal difference alone.

While I'm writing out a match report here are a few more thoughts from Tony Mowbray from his pre-match press conference interview with BBC Look North's Dawn Thewlis about Boro's state of play at Christmas time. Call it a Festive Bank Holiday treat.

DT: It looks like it will be a record crowd for Boxing Day.

TM: Which is great. Week in week out I try not to talk too much about the attendances. I know that it is an issue when the Riverside had 34-35000 almost ten years on the bounce and it is not pleasant sitting on the bench looking at a half empty stadium and yet it would be great if the crowd does get over 20 000 towards 25 000 on Boxing Day it will be a great atmosphere. Looking forward to it. The team will hopefully respond to that and find a performance that gets us a result. And if some of the people who come along enjoy the atmosphere and and enjoy the occasion then maybe they will come back.

DT: Apart from obviously getting promotion is that one other thing you would really hope for for 2012 to get the Riverside back to where it used to be?

TM: Yes I think so. I think I've said that from Day One of coming back. As much as the performances and results, the goal of getting back to the Premier League you take a lot of pride from seeing your stadium full. Because it generally means people are enjoying the product they are paying their hard earned money to come and watch the team because they enjoyed the game a fortnight earlier. Generally over my managerial career I've enjoyed managing teams that have played in stadiums that are generally pretty full and that has been a disappointment I suppose. Disappointment is maybe the wrong word. A frustration that it has been 17-17 500 crowds in a 35 000 stadium and my goal would be to try and give the supporters of the town the team that they want to come and watch. They are looking forward to, eagerly awaiting Saturday coming because the Boro are at home and you go to the game with your mates.

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