Now To Roll The Millers
By Rob Nichols
Monday 22 Oct 2018 10:34:00
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Boro bounced back to the top of the league with a well-deserved 2-1 victory at Sheff Wed. We set the pace on Friday night and all the other contenders failed to live with it and fell by the wayside over the weekend. Now can we kick on against Rotherham at the Riverside, tomorrow night. Kick off 7.45pm.

Boro are looking increasingly dangerous out on the road. Sheff Wed were unable to find a way past our reinforced defences in the first half on Friday and we kicked on after the break and took them apart. We ought to have added to Besic and Britt's goals to kill the game off long before Adam Reach got a sight of goal to set up a nervy finish.

Now we need to bring that form on home to the Riverside where we have struggled for performances and results of late. We might also struggle to field three big centre backs against a Rotherham side that will surely come to keep it tight and look to be difficult themselves to break down.

The Millers drew at home to Bolton at the weekend and with 12 points bagged so far are managing to keep their heads above water in the zone above the relegation places. Surely their main aim for this first season since returning to the second tier.

Boro fans saw the best of Mo Besic on Friday night. We need the Everton man to now show his consistency in back to back performances and use his guile to take the game and open up another team from south Yorkshire.

Jonny Howson was also back to his best at Hillsborough, with Adam Clayton doing all the grafting across the back, the former Norwich man was freed of defensive restraints and able to run at our opponents and push them deeper and deeper.

I have the feeling we might need to be patient against Rotherham. If we don't get an early break they will surely look to frustrate. They will be aware of our failings against Forest and of our recent struggles to score on home turf. We might have to hold our nerve. But as long as we get there in the end.

For once Boro have an extra day preparation after our Friday show. Can we really make that count? One man that should now be recovered from his international travels is Martin Braithwaite. The great Dane could well come into the squad if not the starting line up. I wonder if Tony Pulis will consider bringing him in to replace a centre back as we shift the emphasis to attack at home?

Yes, it is another big week for Boro's Championship challenge. Derby County's result against Sheffield United helped keep us on top of the pile but we will go head to head with them at high noon on Saturday. A couple of really strong showings this week would mean we have really kicked on again after stuttering between the last two international breaks. Normal service would have resumed. Boro would be the team leading the way. Exactly where we want to be.

Come On Boro - roll over the Millers.

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