Boro v Swansea A Point in the Right Direction?
By Robert Nichols
Friday 13 Dec 2019 13:27:00
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Boro fans make the long, long trip to Swansea for Saturday's head at head at the Liberty Stadium. No easy step to make, especially in December. Can Boro build on the last two games and return with a point in the right direction? Boro play at Swansea City – Saturday 14th December - kick off 3pm.

Boro have bounced back well from the mauling at Leeds. A home win against hapless Charlton was then followed as we battled back for a point at Nottingham Forest. If we could get the same result down in South Wales then it will be a really satisfactory response from Jonathan Woodgate's youthful Boro side.

When the chips were down the young players really came through and led the way in the last two games. It wasn't just a case of injuries we were without our captain, the best keeper in the division and our centre forward and leading goalscorer. They are all big shoes to step into but a mix of youth and experience has seen us rally as a club.

Aynsley Pears is distinguishing himself in goal and along with flying wing backs Djed Spence and Hayden Coulson is turning the clock back to another age and reminding us of the Rioch babes. No wonder Bernie Slaven has been commenting about Woodgate's kids but as he rightly says many have tried to follow and fallen by the wayside in the period since. Yet in the short term at least out of adversity has come a fighting spirit led by the teens.

Swansea have had a mixed season but it was always going to be a challenge to follow dynamic manager Graham Potter and speedster Daniel James, who ripped us apart last season. Thankfully there can be no repeat this time around of either Potter's plotting or James electrifying pace. Could kid Coulson and Spence be the players to show others a clean pair of heels this time around?

Swansea will be missing two experienced players in playmaker Tom Carroll and winger Wayne Routledge.

Boro describe Britt Assombalonga as 50/50. If he doesn't make it then Rudy Gestede could make a shock return. This was a ground at which Rudy missed a late, later point blank chance to head home and help save our Premier League status. It would be a good place to exorcise that nightmare and help cement the road to Championship safety for the big man.

Come on Boro and Up The Boro – Let's put in a performance and return with something from South Wales.

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