Can Boro Bring Down the Bluebirds from Happiness?
By Rob Nichols
Friday 16 Feb 2018 17:54:00
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Boro go back on the road tomorrow for the long and difficult trip to the Principality to face high flying and bang in-form, Cardiff City. It is a clash that brings two experienced managers together in Tony Pulis and Neil Warnock. It takes Tony Pulis back to his native South Wales where he will be plotting to put the skids under the recent progress of a Cardiff romping back towards the table-topping positions. Cardiff v Boro at the Cardiff City Stadium, Saturday 17th February kick off 3pm. Come on Boro.

Boro hope to have former Bluebird Rudy Gestede fit to lead the attack against his old club. If his bad back is playing the game then Rudy will be aiming to blot out bad memories from our last away game that ended in defeat after being wrongfully sent off at Norwich. Can we build on the confidence-inducing double strike from Traore last time out v Reading and get back on the winning trail away from the Riverside?

Meanwhile, Cardiff are waiting on the fitness of recent signing and former Boro Academy player Gary Madine. The striker impressed in our defeat of Bolton Wanderers at the Macron. That was also a day where Adama Traore threatened to tear up the division as his incredible assists helped propel us to a hugely impressive 3-0 win. The Bolton result turned out to be a false dawn for both Traore and Garry Monk’s Middlesbrough. But he is now in goal scoring form. Can the winger unlock doors to shock 4th place City.

Cardiff have overcome their festive blip and following February wins against Bolton and Leeds and a draw at the difficult home of Millwall, are fast closing the gap to the automatic promotion places. The 4-1 win at Elland Road took Neil Warnock back to one of his former clubs where the dismal defeat meant the end of the road for Thomas Christiansen. Now just one point behind second place Aston Villa, Warnock’s side will be in no mood for slip ups at home to Boro.

But you know what if we want to step forward and mount a charge into the play offs then a result in South Wales could just be the take-off pad. A draw, followed by a home win over Hull City would be pretty useful progress. But to finally defeat one of the top teams and at their own ground, well, what a confidence booster that would be for players and fans alike. Imagine how the belief would soar.

Look back at the games since Tony Pulis has come in and once we settled into the new plan we have looked strong in defence, competed in midfield and created chances. Sadly and to our cost, chances were often spurned at home. But if we can follow Traore’s brace v Reading and get back in the groove that brought us three successive away wins then we will present really difficult opponents for Cardiff.

We will have to forgive and forget the non-event in East Anglia and wipe the slate clean with a big, big performance and result at Cardiff City Stadium. Cardiff is our favourite home from home, the city of our cup final success. We have also beaten the Bluebirds in their own home stadium, no less than three times since they moved over the road from Ninian Park.

Let’s sink those Bluebirds to unhappiness. Up The Boro and Come on Boro

 



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