Can Boro Make It Back to Back Wins on the Road?
By Rob Nichols
Monday 26 Nov 2018 19:16:00
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Can Boro follow up that brilliant victory at Brentford with another win on the road at Preston tonight? It is all action at the moment, no let up at all. Two teams recording big weekend wins and bang on form go head to head in deepest Deepdale. Can Boro take the honours again and drop down anchors in the promotion places? Kick off is 7.45pm.

Second half goals by in-form Jordan Hugill and a phenomenal header by Marcus Tavernier set Boro on the road to a win on Saturday. The first half had been stalemate but Boro blasted out of the blocks after the break and when Johnny Howson got on the end of a sweeping move, Jordan Hugill was on hand to pounce on the forward pass. Boro doubled that lead almost immediately in a goal made in the Academy. Dael Fry crossed and Tavernier leapt high and headed handsomely into the corner.

The only downer was Boro fans had to bite their nails through the final fifteen minutes after Alan Judge shot through a forest of legs to make us sweat. If you can sweat in the November cold.

So, what timing for Jordan Hugill, 3 goals in 2 games, as he returns to the home of the team where he really made his mark in League football. And against a team with something of an attacking crisis after 10 goal Callum Robinson has been ruled out for three months with a hamstring injury, his first major injury ever.

Preston fans will be every bit as excited as the travelling Teessiders tonight. The Lillywhites made an awful start to the season but have hit a rich seam of form of late, unbeaten in the last eight games and on Saturday they crushed Tony Mowbray's Blackburn Rovers 4-1 in the real north west derby.

Boro have already won once at Deepdale this season but that was only after a penalty kick decider settled a 2-2 draw in the Carabao Cup. What a pulsating night that was. Can we now repeat the result in the league? In 90 minutes this time.

Boro are still second in the league, 2 points and one place behind surprise leaders Norwich City who found their feet and form by beating us at Carrow Road. With so many home fixtures ahead of us in a match crowded December it would stand us in really good stead to end November with back to back away wins. Surely it will open up the possibilities of shaking off some of the other clubs clustered around us in this Even-Stephens League.

Boro have now played for the last time at Griffin Park and retired a formidable record against the Bees. You would not blame their fans for being sick of the sight of us but as always they were so welcoming before and even after the game on Saturday. Thank you Billy the Bee and Dave Lane once more and it has been a pleasure experiencing terrace life one last time and the friendly Brentford pub culture.

Now we shift to Preston and Deepdale and another fixture that we have absolutely owned for many years. If we think back to last season, Tony Pulis really made his mark at half time to shift around the team and the formation to come back from a Hugill-inspired Preston strangehold to record the unlikeliest of away wins. I hope TP continues to hold the Indian Sign over the team from the Red Rose county this evening.

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