Boro Can Stop Sheffield United in their Tracks
By Robert Nichols
Saturday 12 Aug 2017 10:06:00
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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 some points in the bag and take a step forward up the Championship table.

But first things first, Boro need to tackle the dangerous Sheff United, fresh off the back of promotion, two defeats so far, Chris Wilder’s side is raring to go. It is a long time since we last met in a league head to head, so long ago that it was actually a Kris Boyd goal that grabbed the winner at the Riverside back in 2010. We have been leagues apart since then and must aim to stay that way today.

For Boro fans there is the exciting prospect of seeing the newly expensively assembled strike force of Britt Assombalomba, Martin Braithwaite and Ashley Fletcher. Or will Patrick Bamford get the nod to start after impressing so much with his invention when coming on at Molineux?

Britt Assombalomba was rightly praised by his manager for his hard-work last Saturday. By the end of the game he looked flogged, having run himself into the ground. On another day he would have converted at least one of those efforts and I am sure Martin Braithwaite is having nightmares about that first half miss.

All the players have a chance to put things right in front of their home fans today. Jonny Howson can demonstrate that it is not just new loan signing Lewis Baker that is capable of getting forward and making as well as scoring goals from midfield. Dani Ayala is sure to want to underline that his error was very much a one off, he will want to stamp his authority on the game and remind us all of how he dominated defences through our promotion season.

Dani and Ben Gibson must keep pocket dynamo, Billy Sharp, in their pockets and stifle any hopes Sheffield United have of impressing on SKY. Darren Randolph will hope for a sure footed and clean handling home debut between the posts.

Excitement then as we approach the big home kick off for Garry Monk’s team. A side looking to attack, score goals, win matches and hit the heights at the right end of the Championship. Don’t forget the Dock footbridge closed for good yesterday, so allow more time to walk the other side of the dock.

Look out for our 30th season Fly Me To The Moon on sale today around the Riverside featuring the work of 29 talented Boro fans. You can listen to a short Fly Me To The Moon podcast to increase the buzz around Boro. Click Podcast

Come on Boro and Up The Boro



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