From Wednesday to Tuesday UTB#
By Robert Nichols
Tuesday 23 Oct 2018 16:54:00
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Boro look to build on Friday’s victory away to Sheff Wed by bringing the form back home for a Riverside win against Rotherham tonight. Kick off at 7.45pm. Be there and support your Boro.

Goals by Mo Besic and Britt Assombalonga set up the 2-1 win at Hillsborough on fantastic Friday. It proved enough to both hold out against the Adam Reach inspired Owls comeback and also hold off the rest of the promotion pack playing over the weekend. Boro go into tonight’s game knowing victory over the Millers should strengthen over credentials at the top of the pack.

Just as Boro have a liking for Friday night games we also tend to do well on a Tuesday, the traditional mid week evening for football on Teesside. By direct contrast Rotherham do not like Tuesday, they have lost their last 10 Championship games on the second working day of the week. May that soon be 11, please?

Boro manager Tony Pulis has said that he wants Martin Braithwaite involved in both this week’s home games. The Dane played and scored on international duty last midweek and so Friday’s game came along too early for him. A hungry, confident, inventive and mean Martin Braithwaite would be a major plus for us now. Could Pulis look at resting one of his three centre backs to accommodate Braithwaite from the off? Or will the World Cup forward be primed ready to destruct Rotherham from the bench?

The team from south Yorkshire are keeping their heads above water of the relegation zone. Having bounced back from the third tier they are in no mood to drop back down again. So, we might expect them to defend their territory keenly tonight and make it hard for us to break them down. Could we possibly inflict damage before the break or will we need to wait for a second half strike as was the case at Hillsborough?

Boro home fans have been starved of results and positive performances of late. It is important though that we all remain patient tonight. On Friday there were hardly any chances in the first 45 mins but then our opponents buckled completely at the start of the second period.

The end result is all important but many Boro fans would like to see more. A big performance tonight would really win the public over. Yet there is a big contest looming large, a high noon encounter with Frank Lampard’s Derby County on Saturday. The aim has to be to make it three out of three after the last international break. We need to build up a real head of steam now and strengthen our hold on a promotion position.

Looking forward to a match under the floodlight glow tonight down by the Riverside. Get down and support your team moving forward again at the top of the league.

Come On Boro and Up The Boro


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