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Pulis Praise For Travelling Fans

  Boro make the long journey south west this weekend as we take our unbeaten run for a big test run to Bristol City. Ashton Gate has been a graveyard for Boro so often in recent seasons. Garry Monk\'s Boro were battered and bruised in defeat last season. Can Tony Pulis keep this unbeaten and table topping start going on Saturday. Can Boro keep up the momentum? 3Pm kick off, Ashton Gate. See you there. At today\'s 9am press conference I asked Tony about his opinion on the large ....


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Shoot The Magpies Out Of The Cup

  Boro take on Notts County tonight at the Riverside in the First Round of the Carabao Cup, that\'s League Cup to you and me. 7.45pm kick off. Get down to support a team that will feature many of highly promising young kids. Boro start out on the cup trail tonight and tackle the oldest club in the League, Notts County, of League Two. The same club shocked us by inflicting a League Cup defeat over us back in 2006, we were top flight at the time. It didn\'t go down well. But that is ....


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Can Boro Calm The Nerves And Blunt The Blades?

Boro open the Riverside account tonight taking on fellow promotion nearlies Sheffield United tonight. Kick off 7.45pm. In a repeat of last season’s opening game, it gives a chance to reflect on all that has happened in the 12 months since we started as promotion favourites. Is a squad depleted of some of its stars still good enough to mount a challenge this term under Tony Pulis? Boro fans are shell shocked after the exit of the Tees crown jewels Bamford, Gibson and Traore. Talking of ....


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All Change For Boro At Dale

  Boro take the pre season show on the road again at Rochdale tonight where manager Tony Pulis promises to shake up the team. Boro kick off at the ground formerly and fantastically known as Spotland at 7.30pm. Tickets on the door. Adults £10 Under 16s £5. Following hot on the heels of our 4-3 defeat at Accrington Stanley, Tony Pulis will be looking to start other members of the squad. With Boro playing at Hartlepool (Friday) and Sunderland (Saturday) he is keen for ....


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Still In It – To Win It

  A 1-0 goal defeat at the Riverside on Saturday leaves Boro with a mountain to climb to overcome Aston Villa in the play offs semi final. But you don\'t win promotion to the Premier League without scaling the heights and Boro have the resilience and the weaponry to shake Villa out of their box seat at Villa Park on Tuesday. It is half time in this tie and Boro are one behind but we have shown recently that there is no fear from coming back from goals conceded to win games. This tie ....


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Boro Should Pull No Punches V Ipswich

  Can Boro keep up the momentum by finishing with a win at Ipswich on Sunday? Boro might have made the play offs but it is important to enter those head to heads with a real head of steam. Let\'s end the campaign on a high. Tony Pulis admitted it is a balancing act now in ensuring there are no unnecessary risks taken ahead of the play offs. We don\'t want to pick up any injuries so you wonder kif we will risk Mo Besic who has struggled to train much this week. But on the other hand ....


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Could Millwall Defeat Open The Door For Boro?

  That 3-0 defeat for Millwall coupled with the fact the Lions must play at Boro next weekend and then clash with Aston Villa must give us every chance to finish above them. In fact if we could get a positive result at Derby we could come close to finishing their challenge at the Riverside next weekend. It is not just a three horse race of course and things can change week by week but the task in hand now is not to get beaten. But a victory and revenge over that 3 goal drubbing by ....


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Boro Must Blitz Bristol

  Boro need to bounce back from defeat and burst the Riverside bubble of Bristol City this afternoon. This should be an enthralling contest. Come on down to the Tees side. 3pm Kick off. Boro were booted out of the 6th spot by a whirlwind first half from Sheffield United on Tuesday night. We will carry some of the carnage into today\'s contest with skipper Grant Leadbitter (harshly) red carded in that stormy first period. Boro did take positives from that contest with a brave and ....


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Going For Burton

Boro need to quickly consign the Wolves loss to history by defeating struggling Burton in this Easter Monday afternoon clash. We have been helped by other teams around us also failing to win but the whole top end of the table is now so compressed. We need to get some momentum going again with an away win this afternoon at the Pirelli Stadium. Kick off 3pm. Following our draw at Brentford and defeat to Wolves Boro have only just about held on to the play offs in sixth place. Although we are ....


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Can Boro Topple Top Place Wolves?

It is a Good Friday showdown to savour as Boro lock horns with Championship leaders Wolves at the Riverside. If 6th place Boro could win this tea time thriller then it would be a massive boost in confidence as well as points for our play off push. Kick off 5.30pm. Sixth place Boro attempt to re write this season\'s formbook by finally beating a top six team. They don\'t come much more difficult to depose than Nuno Espirito Santo\'s team of all the talents. Even without former Boro target ....


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Can Boro Sting The Bees?

Boro face a big test on Saturday. Can we overcome The Bees of Brentford to stay in 6th place at the international break? Brentford might be back in 11th place and 8 points below us but they are always difficult opponents particularly on their own Griffin Park patch. A tight little ground, with a great partisan atmosphere it is never an easy place to go and get points. Having said that it has been a very happy hunting ground for Boro over the years. A win could be a very good omen because ....


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Boro Looking To The Double Over Barnsley

Boro will not underestimate the challenge from south Yorkshire when we try and make three wins out of three on Saturday. It would be another huge 3 points if Boro could record a double over Barnsley at the Riverside tomorrow 3pm kick off. Although it is 6th plays 21st Barnsley will be scrapping for their lives to stay out of the bottom three. In 22nd place and 2 points behind the Tykes is the Birmingham side we defeated at St Andrews in midweek. That was a real backs to the wall job in the ....


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Can Boro Beat The Beast And Leeds?

Boro fans woke up to another morning of snow business and wondered if tonight\'s crunch match at home to Leeds would go ahead. If so can we get back on the victory trail down by the Riverside? The Riverside pitch is in fine fettle and the seats will be clear of all white stuff. There was no fresh snow fall last night and roads are all clear in town and around the ground but it is still not exactly March weather. The club have done everything in their powers to get tonight\'s fixture on, it ....


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Pulis Desperate For Boro Win At Sunderland

It is just possible that you have heard about the little contest this weekend; Boro take on Sunderland on Saturday, 3pm kick off. Chris Coleman maybe doesn’t think it is a derby match and Tony Pulis is keeping a diplomatic silence on the question but ask all the two and half thousand fans making the way north up the A19 on Saturday just how much this game matters. It means everything to every last one of us. Come on Boro do the treble over Sunderland and kick on towards the play ....


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Can Boro Make It Hell For Hull?

Boro play Hull City this evening, the first of two matches against our fellow relegated teams. Boro need big performances and above all positive results to restore confidence that Tony Pulis side can after all mount an assault on the play offs. The wind was whistling around the Riverside when I was down Middlehaven way at noon. Let’s hope that is subsides a bit to allow some football to be played and that we blow Hull away this evening. Boro v Hull City 7.45 pm kick off ....


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Can Boro Bring Down The Bluebirds From Happiness?

Boro go back on the road tomorrow for the long and difficult trip to the Principality to face high flying and bang in-form, Cardiff City. It is a clash that brings two experienced managers together in Tony Pulis and Neil Warnock. It takes Tony Pulis back to his native South Wales where he will be plotting to put the skids under the recent progress of a Cardiff romping back towards the table-topping positions. Cardiff v Boro at the Cardiff City Stadium, Saturday 17th February kick off 3pm. Come ....


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All We Are Saying Is Give Us A Goal

A Boro goal could make all the difference in the world this weekend in the home clash with Reading at the Riverside. If the forwards can break their recent scoring duck that has been dragging them down by the Tees then we could start to bounce forward. Boro v Reading at the Riverside 3pm kick off. Boro go head to head with Reading on Saturday and amazingly Tony Pulis is still searching for his first home league win. Could this be the end of that quest, with a win against struggling ....


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Will Boro Fans Be Singing After Canaries Game?

Boro have a chance to move on up towards the play offs if they can shoot down the Canaries of Norwich in the away game at Carrow Road, Saturday 3pm. A win in East Anglia would make it four straight away wins in a row. The way we over powered QPR at Loftus Road few would bet against us being too strong for 13th place Norwich City. Will we take that away form into this game or instead be hampered by the crisis of confidence from Riverside outings where we have still to score in the League ....


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Can Boro Frighten Brighton?

Are you up for the cup? Take time out from promotion passions and stresses when Boro attempt to knock Premier Brighton off their pedestal. Boro can push on through to the latter stages of the FA Cup by defeating Brighton and Hove Albion in the 4th Round at the Riverside on Saturday. It is a 3pm kick off, be there and don’t miss out on what promises to be a great cup contest. Boro’s FA Cup tie with Brighton is bound to invoke memories of the Championship promotion decider from ....


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Can Boro Take The Points From Qpr?

Boro aim to bounce back on Saturday and make QPR the victims. Kick off at Loftus Road is 3pm. Can Tony Pulis team avenge that reversal to Fulham? We seem to have talked endlessly about bouncing back this season. To be honest I wasn’t as down as many after the Fulham defeat. The refereeing decisions were controversial to say the least. WE missed sitter after sitter but without that injury time penalty decision we would not have lost the game. We do look in much better shape these days. ....


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Boro Bid For Happy New Year At Preston

Middlesbrough fans will see in the New Year at Preston hoping it is a brand new start for the club and one of going forward again. I don’t think any Boro fan will be disappointed to see the back of what has been a pretty disastrous year. Let’s hope we can turn over a new leaf and start a new chapter by taking 3 points from the Lillywhites at Deepdale. Kick off 3pm, New Year’s Day. I suppose it was just asking too much that we might end the rubbish year of 2017 with a third ....


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Pulis Confirmed

2018 will be the year of the cap as Boro appoint Tony Pulis as manager. The man in the hat is seen as the safe pair of hands to marshall a squad of many talents and turn them into a team and a promotion fighting force. Pulis is a manager that get results, where the ends can justify the means. If this means promotion then I suppose everything else goes out of the window. If the cap fits... Today, it is Liddlesbrough, Miniature G said, as crisis manager Craig Liddle looks to build on that second ....


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Boro Prepare To Enter The Lions Den

Boro need to show that the Ipswich win was no flash in the pan as we travel south and enter the Lions New Den on Saturday v Millwall. Always a hostile atmosphere and never an easy place to get a result but the New Den has been a kind venue for Boro in recent times. We need to get another positive result to show that Garry Monk’s Middlesbrough has turned the corner and is poised to attack the league in the New Year. We have a few good memories of the New Den. The last Boro hat trick came ....


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The Boro Commitments

Boro take on Ipswich tomorrow, a team 3 points in front of us in the table. Can we do what we have failed to do so many times before this season, compete and beat a team above us in the league? We will need belief and we will need composure at both ends of the pitch and we will need real commitment. I asked Garry Monk if he could guarantee levels of commitment out on the Riverside pitch tomorrow. The fans are very committed week in and week out and will always back a team of players giving ....


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Garry Monk’s Call For Boro Reaction

There will be no hiding place for Garry Monk’s Middlesbrough on Saturday. There can be excuses now as he readily admits. The under-fire boss says himself it is time for a reaction. This time , more than any other time they have to get it right and defeat Ipswich Town at the Riverside, Saturday 3pm kick off. Garry Monk was not ducking any questions yesterday at the Hurworth press conference. He held his hands up from the very start. “There is no getting around it, it has been a ....


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