Can Middlesbrough Hit Back v Cherries?
By fmttm
Tuesday 24 Oct 2017 10:28:00
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The pressure is on for Garry Monk and Middlesbrough in their faltering League campaign but can they release some of that pent up frustration in the cup at Premier League AFC Bournemouth tonight? Kick off is 7.45pm at Dean Court. You can park up in Kings Park right outside the ground.

Boro were not the only team to have made a really poor start to the season. The Cherries were languishing near the foot of the table. While Boro can’t stop conceding Bournemouth have found it even harder to score. That was until their weekend win and now they could actually record back to back victories for the first time of the campaign. A big incentive then for the home side to put out a strong side and try to grab some momentum.

For Boro, the Carabao Cup could seem like an unwelcome distraction from a season that is fast unravelling off the Championship rails. It certainly is so for the fans facing a ridiculously long mid-week away trip, just days before having to return down many of the same roads to Reading.

Yet could tonight be some kind of platform to build on? A good, brave performance away at Premier opposition was often a real springboard for Karanka teams and really build bridges with the fans. In fact, I would go further and say that our draw and penalty marathon in the League Cup at Anfield was the take off point under our Spanish manager. It was also a big night for equalising scorer Patrick Bamford, could he be handed another chance to show why he should be in the EFL starting line up?

Bamford bagged a brace in the last round win at Aston Villa in a hugely impressive display. I wonder whether Garry Monk will field his squad players again this time or feel it is an opportunity he cannot pass up to get the first team squad to gel?

A good performance on the south coast would be a much-needed confidence boost for many of the players, an opportunity for Traore to put recent nightmares behind him and get back to the form that tore Bolton apart.

This is the ground where Gaston Ramirez disgraced himself with a red card and gifting a goal. It has been an unhappy place in more than one recent campaign but then again the Cherries are very strong on home Boscombe turf.

What a place then for Garry Monk to come out fighting and show that he and Boro are a good fit and a winning team. There will be plenty of Boro fans there having made a massive midweek long haul. Let’s hope we get a night that repays all those endeavours and is maybe a start and spark for something bigger and better this season.

AFC Bournemouth v Boro – Carabao Cup 7.45pm kick off at the ground formerly known as Dean Court.


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