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Bamford Shines As Boro Blast Back

It was the game that Garry Monk said we had to win. It was the game that we all knew we had to win. Boro stopped the rot and finally defeated a team above us. It was surely our best home win of the season and in Patrick Bamford we were able to enjoy a Premier class forward, scoring a Premier class goal. Relief and delight were two of the chief emotions at the Riverside on Saturday. A chilly Saturday, that turned freezing, was warmed up by a quality attacking display, from a Boro side that ran ....


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Boro Blasted By Bristol

Boro were left beaten and mentally bruised by defeat away at Bristol City. After the match, manager Garry Monk apologised to the 900 who had journeyed so far only to be badly let down in the Saturday evening defeat. A defeat that now leaves us in 9th place and dropping like a stone down the Championship table we all hoped and expected we might be heading. Bad times indeed. It is Bristol City now eyeing up an assault on the automatic promotion places after taking Boro apart with two second half ....


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Boro Blast Back

Boro began to repair the damage from defeat at Leeds by easing their way past struggling Birmingham City at a wind and rain swept Riverside last night. The visitor’s defence parted like the Red Sea to allow Britt Assombalonga time and space to kill the game with the second goal. The first was a striker’s instinct picking up the scraps after Downing’s scorcher proved too hot to handle for the Brummie keeper. Boro fans gave Nsue and Jonathan Grounds a warm welcome back and ....


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Boro Crash To Dirty Leeds

Boro crashed to deeply damaging defeat at Leeds yesterday and it hurt. Leeds were holding on at the end when Boro pulled a goal back through a penalty after going 2-0 down. But even 7 minutes of time added on were not enough to save us from a costly loss to our bitter rivals. It is a massive blow just as we looked to be making progress. We now need 2 home wins to begin to repair the damage. It was a sell-out crowd for the Sunday lunch time special at Elland Road. Leeds, dropping like a lead ....


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Young Tav Shoots Down Sunderland

It was a struggle and we were living on our nerves at time but Boro were victorious over neighbours Sunderland to march on into 5th place in the league. It was young Marcus Tavernier that provided the all-important goal in only the 6th minute. Boro did not go on to dominate but let’s face it, the result is what matters in a Tees-Wear derby.  1-0 to Boro is exactly what was required. High noon on a bright but chilly Sunday and both teams and sets of fans first observed a ....


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Boro Make Hell For Hull

Boro took a giant leap forward last night with a hugely impressive 3-1 victory away at Hull. Back to back away wins have sent Boro up to seventh in the table, only below 6th place Leeds and a play-off slot on goal difference. Hopefully we can change that around on Sunday against manager-less Sunderland. For now we are celebrating giving Hull, hell and unhappiness. What a difference six months can make. The last time we were at the KCom Stadium a defeat effectively pushed Steve Agnew’s ....


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Boro Win Away

Boro finally delivered yesterday with a much-needed 2-0 win away at Reading. For once it was the team in red that had the goal scoring start and that made all the difference. Grant Leadbitter’s penalty provided a platform and true Brill delivered in the second half to double the difference. Can now Boro carry this much-needed confidence boosting win on into the next two games against the other teams relegated from the Premier? On a day when England Under 17s won the World Cup, under ....


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Sorry Boro Beaten By Bluebirds

An ill-judged lunge by sub Adama Traore cost us points and a home defeat to high flying Cardiff. A game that seemed to be heading for a draw became a deeply damaging defeat after conceding that penalty in the final minutes. Boro’s promotion dream seems all but crushed and fallen with the Autumn leaves. It could be a long, cold winter of discontent at the Riverside. Garry Monk opted for consistency, making only one change from the team that drew away at Barnsey. Adam Clayton was replaced ....


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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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