Mad Night at the Hatters
By Robert Nichols
Sunday 04 Aug 2019 22:33:00
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What an atmosphere. What a match. What a way to kick off the new campaign. End to end. Thrills and spills. Screamers and howlers. If this is just the start of things to come it looks like being an edge of the seat era. Or rather it would be but no one will ever be sitting down on this job.

It has taken me a couple of days to catch my breath after an incredible night down in Luton. Jonathan Woodgate's Boro got stuck in at 100 mph, secured the early goal before conceding a “worldie” and then another from a soft corner.

If that was soft then a transfer record goalkeeper let a daisy cutter through his legs from Britt to make it level pegging at half time. Then of course there was wonderful strike by Lewis Wing, after he had seen several efforts on target thwarted by saves or bodies in the line of fire. It was also the end of a great move down the right involving Howson's probing run.

Then Britt had the chance to seal it from the spot after our young debut left back Coulson was hauled down. Of course he hit it high and un-handsome into the night sky. But even the great John Hickton missed on occasion. On the night the Boro fans immediately chanted their support for Britt that is what Boro away fans do.

Unfortunately it cost us dear as Luton rocked back at us at pace and after Shotton failed to clear, Luton eventually made the extra man count at the back post. Thankfully Randolph came to the rescue with a flying save to prevent a victory turning into a defeat.

Boro fans didn't know what to think at the close of play. We obviously MUST tighten up at the back but what a performance topside where Marvin Johnson posed a constant threat. Fletcher and Britt could just be a potent partnership. Hayden Coulson was far too quick when given the ball.

Boro fans on the night backed Jonathan Woodgate from before the start. There might have only been a 1000 of us but we were shouting and chanting and singing for the whole of Teesside and under that low roof it sounded like it.

After the match Luton fans told me they had not seen anything like this in years. There was some trepidation from them about the speed of the Championship. But obviously we have never pressed in that manner before. It was possibly a little too frantic and lacking in control at times BUT. If people want excitement then this set-up is going to deliver. This will put smiles back on faces. We might face set-backs but we are never ever going to back off. Or sit back.

As I said at the start no one will be sitting back this season. This is edge of the seats or well off the seats stuff.

Hands up who cannot wait for the Riverside kick off now?
Up The Boro

Luton Town 3-3 Boro – Fletcher, Britt, Wing

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