Boro Face Big Test at Bramall Lane
By Rob Nichols
Tuesday 12 Feb 2019 23:15:00
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Boro travel to Bramall Lane for a stern test of our play off credentials. Results on Tuesday dropped us down to 6th in the division. As if the challenge of meeting the Blades on their own turf isn't big enough we will now need a result in Sheffield to stay in the play off club. Kick off 7.45pm (Wednesday night).

Last season Chris Wilder's team played us off the park in the first half at Bramall Lane, when we were reduced to ten men following the dismissal of skipper, Grant Leadbitter. We could do without a repeat this midweek, in the first of two tricky looking games on the road.

Yet it has been on the road where Boro have pulled out the best performances of the season. Newport aside, the victory at WBA and draw at Derby on New Year's Day showed off Boro's battling qualities at their very best. That is something the travelling support would welcome.

I thought Boro were unlucky against Leeds. The West Yorkshiremen definitely gained momentum following second half injuries and tiredness in the Boro ranks and that extra 12 minutes certainly did not help. But we should certainly take some confidence for the way we more than matched up to Bielsa's Leeds for the first hour. In John Obi Mikel and Lewis Wing we had the best midfielders if not the best players on the pitch. Can we make those positions count down in Sheffield>

The SKY cameras will mean there will be a reduced away contingent for an already hard to reach venue on a work night. But we could do with plenty of vocal support as we try to blot United's copybook. The Blades looked a shoe-in for a top two position when 3 up at Villa Park. An incredibly late, late show from the Villans will have sent shock waves through their players and fans alike. It must have felt like a defeat. And how gutted must Billy Sharp have felt, it would have been almost a hollow gesture collecting the match ball after being pegged back like that.

Talking of Billy Sharp, we must not give him an inch of space to turn and hurt us. Sharp by name and sharp by nature in the box. Ayala scored here last year and this year we need him to be rock solid as well as Flint and Fry beside him.

We were talking earlier about Lewis Wing, will he be fit to play after limping from the field of play against Leeds? That would be a big blow not to have our most creative player on the pitch. We will need Howson and Saville to run the yards and pull up trees as Mikel can patrol the middle guard the defence and do the simple passes to perfection. Can the Boro team put themselves in poll position for Britt to come on and clinch the deal?

Come On Boro and Up The Boro lets blunt those Blades.

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