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Boro Battle It Out At Stoke

  Yet another draw for Boro and another no score draw as we failed to overcome Stoke City in the teatime kick off in the Potteries. It was a very physical, competitive, combative game, maybe exactly what you would expect from Tony Pulis return to the club he managed with such distinction. Boro had the better chances but Stoke maybe had the passing edge. Boro will need to start winning more games. We were left ruing a save from Jordan Hugill. It was an extremely blustery evening on ....


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Boro Bring Down The Palace

  Boro knocked Premier League Crystal Palace out of the League Cup tonight and won an instant reward of a home Quarter Final tie with League One Burton Albion. A Lewis Wing rocket in first half injury time was enough to secure a memorable 5th round win and ensure Boro\'s cup run continues. It was a Halloween horror show for Roy Hodgson\'s Crystal Palace as Boro\'s blend of youth and experience proved too good on the night. The 11, 000 crowd were richly entertained as Tav and Wing ....


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Disappointment:stalemate Boro

  Boro toiled away but proved unable to put away Rotherham in a goalless game at Riverside last night. Despite the no score draw we remain top of the league. But three successive games without scoring at home suggests we have a problem, something we must correct quickly for Saturday\'s high noon showdown with Frank Lampard\'s Derby County. Yet we are still top. It was a game many thought we ought to have dominated. Top of the league versus fifth from bottom but the team from south ....


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Now To Roll The Millers

  Boro bounced back to the top of the league with a well-deserved 2-1 victory at Sheff Wed. We set the pace on Friday night and all the other contenders failed to live with it and fell by the wayside over the weekend. Now can we kick on against Rotherham at the Riverside, tomorrow night. Kick off 7.45pm. Boro are looking increasingly dangerous out on the road. Sheff Wed were unable to find a way past our reinforced defences in the first half on Friday and we kicked on after the break ....


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What Now After Swansea Stalemate?

  Boro retained their unbeaten home record but it was a goalless draw at the Riverside on Saturday as the hosts and visitors, Swansea City, cancelled each other out. It left the crowd frustrated as the team is finding hard of late to put the ball in the back of the net. With Leeds and Brentford falling to defeats a win would have been blasted us to the top. But we remain unbeaten at home and who is to say that every single point won\'t be a precious one in the final reckoning? Boro ....


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Young Boro Braves Squeeze Past Rochdale

  Boro held on at the Riverside against a late Rochdale charge to win 2-1 and so seal a place in the 3rd round of the League Cup. Playing a mix of youth and those pressing for starts against Leeds, Boro blasted their way into a comfortable lead through Marvin Johnson and Hugill goals. Then following substitutions an inexperienced Boro backline conceded but held on as Rochdale turned the screw for an equaliser. A thoroughly entertaining night for the 10 000, at the home of the Boro. ....


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Boro\'s Late Great Show V Albion

It was another fantastic Friday for Boro as we defeated high flying WBA with an injury time winner from Daniel Ayala. The Boro always seem to revel in Friday night football and for the fans it has set up a brilliant Bank Holiday weekend to grin and gloat about a top match and above all a phenomenal result. Not even Leeds dismantling Norwich could take the smiles off our faces. Daniel Ayala announced his return to the first team in scoring style. That chest down and left foot drive by the ....


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Boro Break Bristol Hoodoo

  Boro broke the Bristol City Ashton Gate hoodoo as they recorded a third straight league win. First half goals from Martin Braithwaite and Britt Assombalonga and an all round professional and proficient away performance meant that Boro recorded a 2-0 win and so stayed TOP OF THE LEAGUE. It was a long but joyous away trip to the south west for Boro fans, Ashton Gate so often a scene of defeat and disappointment was instead the venue for a solid 2-0 victory that kept Boro\'s early ....


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Boro Give Brum The Blues

  Boro pushed aside Birmingham City with another impressive victory at the Riverside to stay top of the league. The 1-0 scoreline does not to justice to Boro\'s performance and only the width of the woodwork saved the visitors from a more emphatic defeat. Boro\'s former Brum keeper Darren Randolph did have to work hard to keep his clean sheet at times but Boro were dominant and continue to steam onwards and upwards. Let\'s keep it going. The lack of success in the transfer window ....


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Boro Put The Blades To The Sword

Middlesbrough blitzed Sheffield United last night putting the Blades to the sword with three first half goals. Former Northern League player Lewis Wing was superb as a creative midfielder, right back Ryan Shotton stepped forward as the new crossing king and Stewy Downing and Jonny Howson rolled back the years with exemplary performances. In fact the whole side was ultra impressive. Just what was everyone so worried about? Boro could have scored almost from the kick off as the impressive ....


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Young Boro Defeated At Dale

A young Boro squad fell to agonising defeat from the very last kick at Rochdale. Yet it had been a more than useful run out and may have pressed the claims of some of what was a second string Boro. The more experienced players pressed Dale back for a 2 nil lead and it was only when the Boro teenagers came on late on that we surrendered the momentum to an increasingly experienced home side. Last night I joined the Boro travellers on a trek to the ground formerly known as Spotland but now ....


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Villains Are Boro Heartbreakers

Heartbreak for Boro fans last night as our team were unable to topple Aston Villa. Boro\'s season is finally over as we failed to crack the defensive wall of Steve Bruce\'s Aston Villa to go out 1-0 on aggregate in the play off semi final. That glancing header by Mile Jedinak at the Riverside proved decisive in a tie of few chances. Boro went down fighting with Stewy Downing hitting the bar in the final minutes but it is Villa that took the applause of the 40 000 crowd and march on to ....


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What A Finish To The Season!

  What an amazing finish to the season, only it wasn\'t. An injury time header from Patrick Bamford guaranteed Boro a 5th place finish and a play off semi final against Aston Villa. More importantly it showed we still have form and momentum going into these head to heads. But what a finish to the league programme it was, right down to and beyond the 90 minutes before our destiny was clear. Tony Pulis showed his intent naming his strongest side. The play offs might be guaranteed ....


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Boro Tame Lions And Hit Play Offs

If any of the Boro players shared the nerves of the fans yesterday they did not show it as we powered past Millwall and into the play offs. Tony Pulis kept faith with Britt Assombalonga and the striker shot Boro into a first half lead. Jonny Howson profited from an alarming defensive mix up to make the game safe in the second half. Now barring a big goal difference swing to Derby Boro will go head to head with Aston Villa in the play offs. Hopefully all those that invaded the pitch to goad ....


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Boro Turn Heat On Derby And Power On

Boro turned the heat on Derby and powered on through to victory. After a hugely impressive display we are in pole position for a play off finish with only two games remaining. Boro seem to be hitting our best form of the season just at the right time. The sun was blazing in Derby and temperatures were soaring. Boro would make it extremely uncomfortable for the home side from the start. The red of the away section stood out as it filled before kick off. That big and noisy travelling support ....


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What A Difference A Win Makes

Boro have finally defeated bogey team Bristol City at the Riverside and our reward is that the whole play off promotion world has opened up for us once more. Half time at Bramall Lane it was despair, full time at the Riverside we were suddenly propelled up to the fifth place in the league. What a difference a win can make. Boro showed immense character from not only bouncing back from the defeat at Sheff U but overcoming an early deficit to play off rivals Bristol City. Results elsewhere ....


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Pulis Boro Foils Aitor Return

Boro bounced back from an unhappy Easter with a 2-0 home win over Nottingham Forest. This meant a defeat for returning former boss Aitor Karanka who was accorded a standing ovation when he marched into his technical area in the first half. Goals from former Karanka Championship mainstays Ayala and Downing did the damage. But it was former Forest fan, Patrick Bamford, that starred in a game that further cements our grip on the final play off position. There was good news for Boro fans on the ....


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True Britt - Boro Late Late Saviour

  Boro\'s play off hopes almost went for a Burton yesterday until that Britt Assombalonga injury time equaliser gave us a glimmer of hope. The home team were deservedly in front after making most of the early running. They defended defiantly in the second period and Boro appeared to run out of ideas and time before Harrison hit the bar and Britt finished from under it. Lets face it without Traore we would have been knocked out of the running this Easter. Almost inevitably it was one ....


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Boro Fail To Keep Company With Wolves

Despite going down to just nine men Wolves defeated Boro at the Riverside to move close to promotion and leave major doubts over Middlesbrough\'s promotion credentials. Boro found it hard to break down the well-organised Midlanders and even having the ace of the outstanding Traore on board was not enough to give Boro the cutting edge we sadly lacked. Wolves showed their Championship leader credentials by going for the kill straight after Helder Costa\'s opener and ensuring a match winning ....


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Boro Escape With Point At Brentford

Boro escaped with a point away at Brentford. Despite taking the lead through Adama Traore\'s powerful run and shot Boro were pressed back for most of the game. Brentford\'s first half equaliser was the very least the home side deserved. Even though The Bees ended with 10 men there was a strong feeling around the away end that Boro got out of gaol with a share of the points at1-1.It was freezing cold with snow swirling around as Boro fans arrived at quaint old Griffin Park. It felt far colder to ....


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Third Win In A Row - Boro Moving On Up

An impressive 3-1 victory for Boro over Barnsley strengthens our hold over 6th place and a play off position. We were ahead from the first seconds thanks to Ayala\'s prod home. Can we now complete our taming of the B\'s by following Birmingham and Barnsley with a win over Brentford next week? First things first, we had to see off the challenge of a team scrapping for their lives, fourth bottom, Barnsley. Yet from the moment Ayala popped up in the box the Yorkshire side were chasing shadows. ....


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Boro Give Garry Monk The Blues

Boro\'s play off push continued with a battling win at St Andrews last night. The fact that it turned out to be Garry Monk\'s first game in charge of Birmingham City added extra spice but he and Birmingham would be left frustrated as Boro dug in deep in the second half to defend Patrick Bamford\'s goal. At the end of a long, long night we left the Midlands sitting pretty in sixth place. A big night for Boro. We don\'t usually have much to sing about when we play away at Birmingham. I can ....


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Boro\'s Icy Blast For Leeds

It was the game that seemed to be in jeopardy all week but there was absolutely no doubts about the result, an emphatic 3-0 win as Boro trounced Leeds and Leeds. It was a glory night for Patrick Bamford, completing Boro\'s first Riverside hat trick since Afonso Alves. Also a special night for the reprieved from suspension, Adama Traore, who ran riot through the bamboozled Leeds ranks. IN fact, all in all, what a night! Yes, a top evening it was down at the Riverside. All credit to the staff ....


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Injury Time Sickener At Sunderland

It was the draw that felt like a defeat. The derby match that apparently wasn’t a derby. And so that is why two players were sent off, six goals scored and there were 8 minutes time added on in the first half and an equaliser in the seventh minute added at the end of the second. In other words not quite the average match. A whole season of incidents in one afternoon. Boro fans were making their way north all Saturday morning by trains, coaches and automobiles. It was sunny but cold at ....


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Boro Give Hull Hell

Tony Pulis Boro answered their critics and sent Hull City tumbling with a comfortable 3-1 win at the Riverside. It was striker power that won the day with forwards Rudy Gestede (2) and Patrick Bamford finally finding the way to the back of the net. Boro must now build on this success and stick the knife into the faltering heart of neighbours Sunderland on Saturday. Two wins this week is an absolute must to plant us firmly back in the play off picture. On a windswept winter’s evening the ....


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