Can Boro Fire at Forest?
By Rob Nichols
Monday 22 Apr 2019 09:52:00
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After three successive wins Boro's rejuvenated play off hunt faces its biggest test with today's, Easter Monday, head to head at Nottingham Forest. This looks like the stiffest test in our run in, for although the home team are woefully off form, it is not a happy hunting ground for us at Forest. Kick off is 3pm. Come on Boro Reds.

The City Ground has long been a bridge head too far for Boro teams, even Charlton's Champions came spectacularly off the rails 5-1 here, though that crisis was temporary. To darken the mood still further we were well beaten on Forest's visit to Riverside last year. Tony Pulis refelcted recently on how we were beaten by the better side that day.

But that was Karanka's team and since they became ridiculously impatient and closed ranks and the door on Aitor the Forest faithful have gone well off the boil. Martin O'Neil and Roy Keane have not as yet been the dream team and the success they brought to Republic of Ireland is still lacking back in their former East Midlands stamping ground. It is fair to say they have not exactly been pulling up Tricky Trees.

In fact it has been rather more like a forest fire of late. The not so Good Friday 2-0 defeat away at Sheff Utd made it four losses in a row. A run that sounds all too familiar to Boro fans.

We will need to keep Joe Lolley off the ball and apply ourselves in a disciplined manner through the midfield to protect that much reduced backline. Can Britt finally conquer his City Ground jitters and make it a scoring return and keep his own goal run going. Any striker notching regular goals at this stage of the campaign is worth their weight in goal. An early goal again from Britt could lead to us pulling up the shutters but if we can shut out opponents as successfully as Stoke then surely that has to be a cause to get behind.

Tony Pulis will no doubt assess the fitness and fatigue amongst his players before naming the side. It is slim margins at this stage of the game and if you can select a side with even a slight fitness edge then it could just turn the tables from the start.

With Bristol City facing a difficult away trip to Sheff Wed and then playing Derby next weekend, today's Boro result will be critical. We must see a repeat of the way we applied ourselves at Bolton and no third instalment of the crushing defeats at Villa and Swansea.

Could this just be the day to finally rid ourselves of the Forest hoodoo and make it four straight wins to take our season to the very end. Get behind the Boro today and keep the revival going. Come on Boro and you never know Up The Boro



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