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Can Boro Fire At Forest?

  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 ....


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Can We End The Torment At Bolton?

  Boro travel to Bolton tonight hoping to end the worst run of results since Robbo\'s Boro needed to call Terry Venables to fight back the tide. It could be will need International Rescue this time after six defeats at Swansea turned us into a runaway train cascading down the mountain and off a cliff edge. Kick off at the University of Bolton Stadium is at 8pm. If they can open the gates. Yes, the only thing keeping Boro fans from jumping off the cliff after their team is probably the ....


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Play-off Swan Song?

  Boro fans make the long journey to Swansea hoping against hope that Tony Pulis and the team can find the secret formula to break the goals and points deadlock that have seen us drop like a stone down the league and well out of the play off hunt. We are now playing catch up and hoping everyone else slips up. But it is all completely irrelevant if we don\'t make that opposition goal net bulge and often. The beleaguered and under pressure Pulis must shuffle his pack once again and hope ....


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Can Boro Stop The Rot?

  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 ....


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Can Boro Avenge The Villans

  Boro have had a torrid week, can we bounce back at Villa Park? Two successive home defeats have seen us drop from automatic promotion possibles to now clinging on to a play off place by our finger tips. Now, we must go to the stadium that provided the full stop to our season last May and avenge that play off defeat to give us renewed hope this time around. Villa v Boro 3pm tomorrow. Hold your nerve tomorrow as Boro step back into an arena that was heartbreaker last May as we ....


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Can Boro Bounce Back V Preston?

It will be a tough match tonight at the Riverside and not just because Boro were defeated at home on Saturday to Brentford but because Preston are on a real surge of momentum. Ten matches unbeaten, including a 3-1 win over Norwich. Ominously the team from Lancashire has won the last five on the road. Time to put a full stop to that run then. Get behind your team at the Riverside tonight. Kick off 7.45pm. Boro were looking strong favourites for a play off finish. Before the 0-0 at Wigan fans ....


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Will The Exodus To Wigan Be A Road To Victory?

  As Boro fans prepare for a mass exodus over the Pennines there is a word of warning from manager Tony Pulis, do not take anything for granted. While Boro are on a good run and playing with confidence, he will not be underestimating the opposition. Pulis will have the team prepared but we must remain grounded, there are no givens and no easy games in this league. Boro will be looking to build on impressive victories away at Blackburn and at home to QPR by making it three in a row at ....


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The Road To Wigan:boro Dreaming

  There is a real feel good factor around Boro fans this week, knowing Boro it will all be shot down in flames away at Wigan this weekend. But no... don\'t say it.. let\'s keep the momentum up. Let\'s build something and go forward with Boro. Go forward with Boro would most certainly not have been the motto for the season as a whole. Yet the signing of Mikel at the anchor point and the sudden success of Fletcher and Britt as dual strikeforce has opened up real possibilities. ....


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Boro Must Bounce Back At Blackburn

  Another stern test for Tony Pulis as we bid to bounce back from defeat at Sheff Utd away at Blackburn Rovers on Sunday. Tony Mowbray\'s side are on a bad, losing run but Boro are desperate for a first win since away at WBA. We are now clinging on to the final play off position and stringing some results together is needed sooner rather than later. Kick off at Ewood Park is 1pm, Sunday. Boro must cosign that defeat at Bramall Lane into the past with a good performance and result at ....


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Boro Face Big Test At Bramall Lane

  Boro travel to Bramall Lane for a stern test of our play off credentials. Results on Tuesday dropped us down to 6th in the division. As if the challenge of meeting the Blades on their own turf isn\'t big enough we will now need a result in Sheffield to stay in the play off club. Kick off 7.45pm (Wednesday night). Last season Chris Wilder\'s team played us off the park in the first half at Bramall Lane, when we were reduced to ten men following the dismissal of skipper, Grant ....


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Shoot Down Leeds

  The last week sums up the highs and lows of following Middlesbrough FC, a superb away win at WBA was followed by humiliation in the FA Cup at Newport County. That is something that this weekend\'s League opponents. Leeds know all about, having lost last season at Rodney Parade. We need to quickly tune in and rise up once again and vanquish top of the table chasing Leeds and get back on track. Kick off is early, Saturday at 1pm. I think many of us expected the Leeds challenge to blow ....


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Transporter Derby Ii Newport V Boro

  Boro enter the lion\'s den tonight when we take on Newport County at a brim full Rodney Parade. The Welsh minnows scent blood and another prize scalp to join Leicester City. Yes, the last minute equaliser at the Riverside by Matty Dolan has set up one of the trickiest of cup replays. Can Boro avoid a giant killing in the Transporter Derby sequel? Premier champs, the mighty Man City await the winners. Historic Rodney Parade will be rocking tonight as plucky Newport County aim to rock ....


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Battle Of The Bridges At This Weekend’s Fa Cup

  As Middlesbrough and Newport County go head-to-head in this weekend’s FA Cup in a tie dubbed the ‘Transporter Derby’, Historian and Boro fan Dr Tosh Warwick of Manchester Metropolitan University looks at the history and links between each town’s iconic bridges…. As soon as the draw for the FA Cup was made earlier this month and Middlesbrough and Newport County drawn together, the tie was dubbed the ‘Transporter Derby’ with fans and ....


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Get Up For The Cup V Newport

  Are we up for the Cup? Boro try and knock down giant killers Newport County in the 4th Round of the FA Cup at the Riverside. Middlesbrough dominated the battle of the two Boro teams in the 3rd round can we now win the battle of the Transporters? Kick off by the Tees this Saturday kick off 3pm. After all the trials and tribulations in the league Boro dive headlong into the oldest knockout trophy in world football. Could we have new signing John Obi Mikel in the ranks. The Nigerian ....


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Defensive Troubles V Brum

  Boro travel to take on former boss Garry Monk\'s Birmingham City tomorrow but without Ryan Shotton and Aden Flint in the defence. Once we had readjusted to the disruption of Aden Flint picking up an injury in the warm up, the rearranged backline of Fry, Batth, Ayala and Friend did really well at Derby on New Year\'s Day. Let\'s hope we are equally as strong at the back as we were for 89 minutes at Pride Park and that we can stick one or two in at the other end of St Andrews. Kick off ....


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Battle Of The Boros

  Boro play Boro tomorrow in the FA Cup 3rd Round. Always one of the magical days in the football calendar, could this be the start of another cup journey for Boro or will Posh Boro give us a second giant killing mauling? Kick off at the Riverside tomorrow at 3pm. A break from the League down by the Tees this weekend as Posh Boro arrive to make it a battle of the two Boro teams. Will the team from Peterborough pose any problems for us? Boro will be without several defenders in ....


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Can Boro Box It Up?

  Merry Christmas everyone – Boro hope to serve up some festive football this afternoon as we go head to head with Sheffield Wednesday. Can we build on George Friend\'s fine finish at Reading and make it a Christmas feast for every Boro fan? There is going to be a big crowd in today so remember to get down early to savour the special atmosphere and perhaps pause to purchase a fanzine first. Kick off 3pm. Boxing Day the special Christmas sports day and always a very special ....


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Reading The Riot Act At Reading

  Can Boro start on the road to recovery at Reading? Another long trip south just before Christmas for fans desperately short on confidence after the midweek crushing cup defeat at home to Burton. But could Boro players and fans alike start to rebuild some trust and direction at the home of the former Biscuitmen? We are still sixth in the league. Can we halt the slide and make a stand? Kick off at the Madejski Stadium is 3pm Saturday. Boro travel south to take on the Royals of ....


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Up For The Cup - Boro V Burton

  Boro midfielder Mo Besic is relishing the thought of playing Burton tonight in the League Cup Quarter Final. It is a competition that means so much to our fans, after all after two cup final defeats we finally landed our first major national trophy at Cardiff in 2002. Tonight is a chance to get through to the last four and for Mo Besic a chance to make up for his damaging red card against Blackburn. Kick off at the Riverside 7.45pm. Boro fans can forget about the alarming fall in ....


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Can Boro Tame Rangers?

  Boro must put a halt to a disappointing sequence of results by picking up points at the home of QPR on Saturday. That means the second successive head to head with a former manager as we take on Steve McClaren\'s team in hoops. Let\'s hope the 2000+ strong away army roar us on to victory. Kick off 3pm. Boro aim to put the dodgy home results in the past and pick up from where we left off last time in West London, namely equalling the victory at Brentford earned last month. ....


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Back To The League At Brentford

  Boro hope to blast back into League action with a tea time treat at Brentford,on Saturday. We enjoy a great record down at the home of the Bees but it is never an easy challenge. Can we record a victory in what will be our last ever league game at Griffin Park. 5.30pm kick off Saturday. Come on Boro. Boro fans hope that the team can take off again from where we left off with that big 2-0 victory against Wigan. Jordan Hugill limped off after scoring both goals he will hope to back ....


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Can Boro Take Out Stoke?

Back to Championship action as Boro fans travel to Stoke tomorrow looking to put one over the team relegated from the Premier. Boro know all about being weighed down by the weight of expectation to bounce back first time of asking to the Premier League. Boro must ensure The Potters problems continue. Our team from the north east must respond positively to an ego bruising home game with Derby County. Kick off 5.30pm at the ground formerly known as the Britannia for tea time satellite ....


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Can Boro Take Out Palace To Make Last Eight?

Boro have a chance to be giant-killers tonight when coming face to face with Premier Crystal Palace in the Carabao Cup, fourth round at the Riverside. This tie pits Tony Pulis against former England boss, Roy Hodgson and also against his old club from south London. It also gives Boro fans the chance to see a team in red topple players gracing the Sky televised draw with Arsenal just last Sunday. The League Cup run has been top entertainment for Boro fans so far; make sure you are part of the ....


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From Wednesday To Tuesday Utb#

Boro look to build on Friday’s victory away to Sheff Wed by bringing the form back home for a Riverside win against Rotherham tonight. Kick off at 7.45pm. Be there and support your Boro. Goals by Mo Besic and Britt Assombalonga set up the 2-1 win at Hillsborough on fantastic Friday. It proved enough to both hold out against the Adam Reach inspired Owls comeback and also hold off the rest of the promotion pack playing over the weekend. Boro go into tonight’s game knowing victory ....


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Beating Wednesday On Friday

  Boro return to Championship action tonight as we look to bounce back from defeat by beating Sheffield Wednesday tonight at Hillsborough, 7.45pm kick off. We could really do with a positive result this side of the international break. At this stage of the season it is probably best to break the season up as segments between the pauses for international games. There is no doubt we were flying before the first full stop. That draw at Leeds might have kept us second but it was a moral ....


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