Defensive Troubles v Brum
By Robert Nichols
Friday 11 Jan 2019 12:47:00
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Boro travel to take on former boss Garry Monk's Birmingham City tomorrow but without Ryan Shotton and Aden Flint in the defence. Once we had readjusted to the disruption of Aden Flint picking up an injury in the warm up, the rearranged backline of Fry, Batth, Ayala and Friend did really well at Derby on New Year's Day. Let's hope we are equally as strong at the back as we were for 89 minutes at Pride Park and that we can stick one or two in at the other end of St Andrews. Kick off 3pm Saturday.

Boro get back to the League at St Andrews on Saturday. And it is another head to head with a former boss in Garry Monk. The Championship is littered with them any yet Aitor Karanka has fallen this morning so just McClaren, Mowbray and Monk now.

Garry Monk is doing a remarkable job at Birmingham, a club long blighted by shady Far East ownership wrangles. The team are now up to 8th place, which must be their highest since Gary Rowett was inexplicably sacked. And so actually ahead of big spending neighbours Aston Villa. I bet that hurts the Villan fans.

St. Andrews has been a real graveyard for Boro teams in the past. That did all change when Garry Monk took the reigns but in truth it was a tight affair last season and we don't have Patrick Bamford anymore to score the all important goal.

Let's hope we can bring some of the freedom into the league that we saw in the crushing cup defeat over Posh Boro. An appearance from the start from the inventive and always productive, Lewis Wing would be very welcome. Two goal Britt could do with a chance to prove he can go on the kind of a goal run that Bamford enjoyed around the Brum game last campaign.

The game will probably come too early to start new loan signing Van La Parra. He looked rusty last week but might well cause problems coming off the bench, as he certainly showed he knows how to exploit the angles around the box.

Let's hope we can start building some kind of momentum again. We might have been humbled by some of our rivals but we have always showed the character to bounce back. If we can stay in the right region of the season through January and reinforce our forward line then we could yet be competing near the top of the table in April/May.

Come On Boro

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