No Xmas for Boro Fans
By Rob Nichols
Friday 28 Dec 2018 10:44:00
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There was no festive celebration for Boro fans as the win at Reading proved a false dawn with Boor crashing to Boxing Day defeat at home to Sheff Wed. That former home produced Adam Reach settled the contest with a sublime finish only served to rub salt into the wounds for a team and fanbase now floundering without confidence. No way to perform before at Christmas before the biggest crowd of the season. How on earth can we pick ourselves up before playing Ipswich on Saturday 3pm kick off at the Riverside?

The Boro team is now reduced by a real low in confidence. Visiting teams know they must merely frustrate before waiting their chance to strike and then Boro's play will ebb away in misplaced passes and hoofed balls upfield. A frustrated fanbase will cry out at any semblance of passing sideways or crime of crime backwards. The very crimes that Adam Reach was once barracked for. The very talented Adam Reach that is exactly the kind of player we are crying out for now, an exciting player that can conjure goals, often of the highest order. Sadly, far too often against us.

The Sheff Wed defeat deflated or even destroyed Christmas for so many. It was such a massive let down and you wonder for how many season card holders it was the last act in their fast deserting faith. It certainly piles the pressure on Tony Pulis and his players.

The people of Middlesbrough are not happy. They shout across between the aisles of shops. Grumble in the streets. They vent in micros pubs and stay put in the warmth and cannot now be coaxed out to the disappointing field of dishonour by the Tees. It will take a concerted effort to convert many to return to support Tony Pulis side. After all it is a long, long time now since anyone has seen a Boro team win at the Riverside.

Is the Ipswich game too early to start such a healing process? It probably is. We need fresh blood in and at the start of the transfer window not the end of it. And we have to expect them to hit the ground running and carry the rest of the team with them instead of being dragged down to the current morass.

Tony Pulis is protecting the precocious, young talents of Tavernier and Lewis Wing. They obviously stand out when brought on off the bench. But will it soon be time to expose them to the current chicken run from the start every week? Adam Reach is an example of a player brought down by confidence issues when fans and ultimately manager came down on him. But we probably cannot now do without the talents, vision and positivity of Tav and Wing.

The players need to pull together and take Ipswich on and take them down. It is time to be more direct. But when I say direct yes we do have to be more considered. Fans should not expect the ball to always go forward. Aimlessly forward. Time to hit the target, front players and big centre backs alike. Time to be ruthless.

The players and management owe the fans. We have been let down. Let down in the cup and let down for Christmas. Everyone is angry, frustrated and hurting. We have to respond. We have to start to make amends. We have to start to bounce back.

Come On Boro and Up The Boro

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