Can Boro Stop The Rot?
By Robert Nichols
Tuesday 02 Apr 2019 16:08:00
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There are no two ways about it Boro have to stem the tide and stop the rot tonight when the red Robins of Bristol City fly into the Riverside. They will have it all to do against bang in form Bristol, conquerors of Sheff Utd on Saturday. But Boro must also overcome major home gremlins

before they/we can start to even think about a fight back from the brink. Kick off 7.45pm. Come On Boro.

While Boro hope they can fight their way out of a real slump, Bristol City are on the crest of a wave. A remarkable away victory at fortress Bramall Lane sees the team from the south west eyeing up a play off date at Wembley in May. Lee Johnson's side showed supreme belief to come from behind, fired up by an Andreas Weimann hat trick. It will not be easy but somehow Boro must find a formula to stop them in their tracks and take them down a peg or two.

It would be a hard ask anyway but the question is are we capable of doing this after this appalling run of defeats? It is a run that has shattered our confidence and has totally derailed the season.

Three successive home losses, were all close affairs but the lack of goalscoring cost us dear. The defeat away at Aston Villa was different, just as in the home game we were outclassed by the Villans. We have to hold our hands up there but if there is any crumb of comfort to be had it is that Norwich only just edged us out on Saturday. Had Ayala hit the net and not the post then the result could have easily gone the other way.

But sadly we have heard that story so many times this campaign. The goal scoring disease is rife across the whole team and it continues to be so, so costly.

The heat is on for Tony Pulis and the players. The mood is not good. We have squandered so many home points. We simply must draw a line tonight and take down Lee Johnson's Bristol City.

Aden Flint was in double figures last season for the visitors. He has and continues to look sound defensively but can he somehow rediscover his lost goalscoring touch against his old club.

Until last season Bristol City were something of a hoodoo club for us here at the Riverside. Our record isn't too hot away at Ashton Gate either. But we finished off their slim play off hopes last term can we dig deep and find similar resolve and similar reward tonight?

The fans need to have some hope. It also could be a last chance to tempt some fans to renew as season card holders. A win tonight gives us something to take into April. It won't see confidence flood back in but it will begin to pay supporters back after a March of torment. Or should that be torture.

Come On Boro – be clinical in and around the box. At both ends. And do it for the fans.



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