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Boro Held At Barnsley

Boro fans big away day out in the sun ended in a draw yesterday at Oakwell. Not the victory we wanted but after going behind on two occasions it was yet another great escape. Boro are fast becoming draw specialists although we always do it the hard way. Sadly, the same failings were there again at the back, yet in midfield and attack Boro were in a mean mood. In Downing and Leadbitter we had the best players on the park although it was individual errors that cost us dear. We are hard to beat ....


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High Anxiety: Boro Stung By Bees

A dreadful performance by Boro at the Riverside saw us get out of jail not once but twice after the visitors, Brentford, were almost gifted goals. Ironic then that a refereeing performance as woeful as Boro’s team play denied us a stonewall penalty in injury time that could have seen us snatch all the points. What is equally worrying is the poisonous atmosphere developing. Thank goodness for the international break when Garry Monk and his players can pause, assess and come back with a new ....


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Frustration

It was a major disappointment for Boro fans tonight as Norwich City stole all 3 points at the Riverside. Maybe that does the visitors a disservice because while we might have dominated possession and chances on goal Norwich were clinical with their one and only first half effort. For all our hustle and bluster that goal still separated the two teams at the end of 90 minutes plus time added on. It is a big blow to our hopes and stops our progress in its tracks. We will need to bounce back and ....


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Boro Fight Back Again

Once again Boro showed incredible fighting spirit by fighting back from a late strike to equalise at Craven Cottage. At the final whistle it felt more like a victory than a draw and if we defeat Norwich and Brentford next week then Cyrus Christie\'s goal will be more like a winner. There was a big crowd gathered by the Thames yesterday to watch two of the real promotion contenders go head to head. Both teams packed plenty of firepower and were not shy of shooting for goal. Jonny Howson and ....


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Boro March On In The Cup

Boro fans make a quick return to Aston Villa tonight when the teams clash for the second Tuesday in a row in the EFL Cup Round 3. Kick off 7.45pm. It will likely be two much changed teams from last week\'s tempestuous league meeting. Adama Traore won\'t be available for starters. Hopefully we will make a much better start than that red card opening or the early goal we conceded v QPR at the Riverside on Saturday. But the character we showed in fighting back from adversity in both games ....


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Return To Villa

Boro fans make a quick return to Aston Villa tonight when the teams clash for the second Tuesday in a row in the EFL Cup Round 3. Kick off 7.45pm. It will likely be two much changed teams from last week\'s tempestuous league meeting. Adama Traore won\'t be available for starters. Hopefully we will make a much better start than that red card opening or the early goal we conceded v QPR at the Riverside on Saturday. But the character we showed in fighting back from adversity in both games will ....


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Boro Win Riverside Thriller

Boro twice came from behind to defeat QPR at the Riverside. In a rollercoaster game we had the post to thank for preventing the Londoners from getting a late equaliser. There was so much action and so many thrilling passages of play but also a few glaring errors. Thankfully and deservedly Boro came out on top and are now locked right into the heart of the promotion chase. Thankfully the showers stayed away yesterday as Boro looked to kick on after successfully weathering the storm at Aston ....


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Magnificent Ten Men Boro Dig In At Villa

It was a game that was turned on its head in the 4th minute. The red card for Adama Traore turned Boro attack to ten men defence. At times we had some very fortunate escapes but we surely earned our luck after playing with such grit and determination in the face of a storm from the elements and a tidal surge from Aston Villa. Boro might not have managed back to back wins but last night’s point feels like three. Boro fans were so excited by the win at Bolton that even with a weather ....


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Traore Magic As Boro Blast Bolton

Boro fans celebrated the first away win of the season and first in over a year of league football as Bolton were defeated 3-0 at the Macron Stadium. It was a scrappy first half lit up by one incredible run and cross by Traore but after the break Boro clicked into gear and romped home. We saw the true Britt with 2 goals that might easily have been a hat trick and Marvin Johnson marked his debut with the third. Manager Garry Monk gave us a wave and it felt like the start of something. Another ....


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Stalemate At Boro

What a let-down. Middlesbrough simply never got going yesterday against a well-drilled and always threatening Preston North End side. In a match of precious few chances the visitors enjoyed the more clear cut and Boro had outstanding keeper Darren Randolph to thank for keeping the score at 0-0. The only tiny positive was that we did keep a clean sheet and even when playing badly retained our unbeaten start at home. There was a good Bank Holiday crowd at the Riverside all looking forward to a ....


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Boro Put The Iron To The Sword

Boro fans enjoyed a Boro cup victory and a night of exciting, attacking football at the Riverside last night as we eased past Scunthorpe United into the third round of the EFL Cup, 3-0. Goals from Fabio, Lewis Baker and Ashley Fletcher, so three new Boro goalscorers did the damage but there was a thrilling performance from Adama Traore, excellent debuts for Tavernier and Roberts and lots of pluses all over the park. Boro will now go into the hat for the farcical 4.15am third round ....


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Boro Defeated By Tricky Trees

Boro fell to a second league defeat of the season away at Nottingham Forest on Saturday, a second defeat on the road. There is still a lot of work to do for new boss Garry Monk to get this Boro side into a promotion pushing force. Yet the prevailing mood from Boro fans exiting the City Ground was that on another day against any other club than Forest, Britt Assombalonga would have bagged a hatful of goals. It was undoubtedly short-term pain, however. Forest has been an invariably unhappy ....


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Boro Break Down Burton

Boro cruised to victory over Burton last night with a 2-0 victory that flattered the visitors. It was a brace for Britt Assombalonga, his first goals for Boro and really should have been a first hat trick. We had the points in the bag well before Burton’s Akpan was sent off mid-way through the second half. There was even opportunity for Traore to come on and show his dribbling skills in a night of dominance for Boro. It was a warm August evening, Boro fans flocking to the Riverside in ....


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Boro Get Off The Mark

A Rudy Gestede goal got Garry Monk’s Boro off the mark at the Riverside but we maybe rode our luck over a disallowed late equaliser for Sheffield United. Boro won the tea time kick off to get the home campaign off to the best possible start. There were two selection surprises in store for Boro fans. Garry Monk had been tight lipped over a training ground injury to new forward Martin Braithwaite that looks to have ruled him out for up to 6 weeks. Rudy Gestede took full advantage of his ....


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Boro Struggle In The Company Of Wolves

Pre-season favourites Boro failed to live up to their billing falling to defeat away at Wolves in the season opener. It was always going to a tough start as both clubs have new managers and have spent big. A sold-out Molineux spoke of great expectations from both sets of fans. Yet for all the big investment it was a mistake that settled our fate. Boro fans have been floating on a bubble of confidence strengthened by each big money signing landed by new boss Garry Monk. That bubble wasn’t ....


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Boro Overcome Augsburg For Friendly Win

A list minute goal by Adam Forshaw clinched a final friendly victory for Boro this afternoon at the Riverside. Boro had to come from behind after Augsburg struck after only a minute of play. It was summer signing Martin Braithwaite that equalised in the first half. Then new signing Ashley Fletcher broke away and squared for Forshaw to finish the match in winning style. Boro fans enjoyed seeing the new look team and there was plenty of applause for the man at the helm, Garry Monk. Ben Gibson ....


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Boro Finnish Off By Taming Stags

It wasn’t exactly the start Garry Monk had been aiming for at Field Mill but Boro came back to even things and spent the second half camped in their opponents half. Boro went 2 goals down against Mansfield Town but a thundering finish by young Finnish winger Soisalo and a header by England Under 20 starlet Dael Fry meant it ended with honours even. Boro fielded a squad sprinkled with youth at the home of the Oldest Professional Football Ground in the World, as was proudly proclaimed from ....


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Chelsea 3 Boro 0, Relegation , And Questions To Be Asked

Soccer fans around the world welcome a “must-win” game for their team, especially at the end of the season, but I was nevertheless stunned to hear that Boro had sold all 1,400 tickets for the Chelsea game. On the way to the ground on the tube, I read the bad news about Boro’s record v Chelsea  in the London ‘Evening Standard’ – eg 18 matches since we last won at Stamford Bridge (2 -1 in 1975), currently 7 wins in-a-row for Chelsea and without them ....


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A Bridge Too Far

A sad, sad night for Boro fans as a 3-0 defeat to Chelsea relegated us back to the EFL. Stamford Bridge proved a bridge too far as in a game where we had to get a result we were outclassed by the title-toting Blues. There were moving scenes at the end of the game as Steve Agnew waned the entire back room and playing staff over to the fans. Some, including Adam Clayton were clearly in bits. They had given their all but in the end we came up short on the night as well as the campaign. As Boro ....


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The Real Middlesbrough Came To The Premier Party At Last

It was a magnificent performance as we came so close to achieving the impossible, a victory over Champions League Man City. I say impossible because this has been a season where we have rarely looked like defeating anyone but how we gave it a go against Pep\'s City. But for a dodgy penalty and the defence switching off 5 minutes from time a win and a miracle escape might have been on. But let\'s not take anything away from easily our best performance and most exciting game of the whole ....


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Cherries Blow Boro Away

It takes five hours to drive back from Bournemouth and it seemed like a lifetime after Saturday\'s public humiliation.I wrote this match report in the immediate after math of that shocking game and whilst psyching myself up for the long drive home and following that match surely the even longer road back to a top flight return. Four goals, one sending off and that isn\'t even the half of it. AFC Bournemouth almost ran us into the sea. Afterwards you had to wonder when exactly we would ever be ....


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No Easter Miracle But Plenty Of Boro Pride

There was no Easter revival for Middlesbrough but what a performance we gave. The Riverside was rocking when Negredo equalised at the start of the second half and so were Arsenal for the next 10 minutes as Boro went all out for that essential but elusive win. The Gunners eventually seized back the lead and the points but Boro had given their all. Defeat effectively ended our last slim chance to escape the drop. But if you are going down, go down fighting. Boro certainly gave everything ....


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Boro\'s Last Chance Slips Through The Net

... Or rather our last chance evaded the net. When Lowton twice cleared off the line from Downing’s free kick and then Ayala’s header that was the final death knell of Boro’s Premier survival hopes. Once again we were unable to score. An all too familiar story in this troubled campaign. How nice would it have been to have beaten Burnley, Sean Dyche, Joey Barton and all.. Still, our real hopes of avoiding relegation had already gone at Hull. Today was more about enjoying ....


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Hull Heartbreak

Crestfallen Boro fans walked out of KCOM Stadium last night and into the night of reality. Championship reality. The fans gave their all, the players did too. We made a superb start with Negredo firing home, only to crumble in a first half deluge of Hull goals. There was hope renewed through De Roon\'s goal on half time but after the break the legs had gone and we were swept away, Harry Maguire\'s header the final blow. After seven years of torment Boro reached the Premier League yet in later ....


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To Swansea Needing Points

  The deep pessimism over our league position and lack of form which has arguably affected every Boro fan worldwide has suddenly eased with the appointment of “change agent” Steve Agnew as manager and it is a real plus that Steve has been able to attract Joe Jordan as his assistant. Then, this week, Jonathan Woodgate has been appointed as our head coach. Middlesbro – born “Woodie” has already been a classy player and dressing room influence in our ....


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