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Mcnair Gives Boro Vital Win

  Paddy McNair\'s first half finish proved just enough to give Boro a precious 1-0 victory over fellow relegation strugglers Charlton yesterday. It was a tense clash at The Valley which was dominated by the visitors. But McNair apart we failed to convert all our host of chances. That left to a nervy second half but despite 5 minutes added on The Addicks could not find a way to stop us taking 3 points, pushing them down into the bottom 3 and lifting the Boro up to 19th place. The big ....


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Late Heartbreak But Boro Show Bottle

  A late Forest equaliser was a heart breaker for a Boro side showing so much spirit, attitude and aptitude to come from behind to lead last night. We came within minutes of leaping out of the bottom three after Rudy Gestede equalised Yates shot out of the blue and then Lewis Wing finished (just) the outstanding Hayden Coulson\'s arrow like run and pass. Lewis Grabban\'s late goal means Boro stay in the bottom three and the hunt for another win goes on. Then again, there were so many ....


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Boro Fall To Leeds And Crisis Looms

  A goal right on half time was enough to defeat Boro last night in a combative game at the Riverside. It would have made compulsive viewing if there had not been so much at stake. With Wigan and Barnsley both winning and Luton the night before Boro are tottering on the brink of the relegation places, holding on by the fingertips and goal difference. Torrid times. Storm clouds are gathering over the Riverside. On a freezing cold night Boro plunged to the brink of the relegation zone ....


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Boro Bowled Over By Barnsley

  After the draw at Wigan and then the home defeat from Luton it was imperative that Boro stood their ground and fought back against bottom club Barnsley. The fact that The Tykes had just gone away and beaten promotion chasing Fulham 3-0 did not bode brilliantly but Boro could not go on shipping points, let alone to the bottom three. Sadly, that trend would continue and 2020 is proving to be the most challenging of years. There were 4000 Boro fans making the short trip down to ....


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Boro Blown Away

  Boro fell to a shocking defeat to relegation haunted Luton Town at the Riverside. One shot on target from both sides but only the visitors having a game plan that worked and players able to hold their nerve and counter deteriorating blustery conditions. As the final whistle blew those home fans left in their stadium were not happy after enduring one of the most hapless of performances. The pressure is on again and we have to handle it or we face real trouble. The big news before ....


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Boro Perfect Storm Pegged Back

  A double strike from Lewis Wing turned this game on its head before Harold Marouchi headed into his own net to let 10 man Wigan off the hook. Boro fell behind against the run of play but looked disjointed and out of sorts all night until the perfect storm, in Lewis Wing, got to work. It did take a deflection and then a viciously swerving, probably wind-assisted, strike to leapfrog Morsy\'s Wigan lead. Yet Boro failed to take full advantage of the extra man as we were pegged back for a ....


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Mowbray Escapes With A Point At Boro

  It finished honours even between Boro and Blackburn but in an end to end game Boro might so easily have taken full points in a pulsating finish. It should have come as no surprise for a Woodgate v Mowbray contest to be all about attacking flair. Yet after creating numerous openings in the first half the visitors took a lead against the run of play in the second. It was a special goal cancelled out by Coulson\'s first ever Boro finish as Woodgate\'s subs Coulson and Gestede turned the ....


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A Match Too Far At Fulham

  It looked like one match too many as Boro fell to a 1-0 defeat at Craven Cottage on Friday. We struggled to compete with the speed, cut and thrust of a Fulham side that looked a step above for much of the game. After that hard fought 2-1 defeat at Tottenham it was a disappointing end to the week, especially for the big away crowd but maybe the three game week had caught up with the players. The feeling amongst Fulham fans the day after was that Boro were lucky to have got away ....


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Spurs Too Hot To Handle

  Boro bowed out of the FA Cup last night after gifting Spurs two early goals but thankfully we made a fight of it late doors. Conceding a goal through an error after only a couple of minutes is not the best way to begin a cup tie but hopefully it was an experience as positive for the mix of young and more seasoned Boro pros as it was for the fans that flocked to the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. We can now set about building a team to return and do battle in the league in the very ....


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Boro Pegged Back By Late Rams Raid

  The Boro players were applauded off the field at half time on Saturday after serving up a master class that was right out of Derby player-coach Wayne Rooney\'s school of excellence. A superb move was capped by a glorious Lewis Wing drive but Boro were ultimately to pay for missed chances when a wind-assisted equaliser found the net and then McNair\'s penalty was cancelled out very late doors by a last minute equaliser of superb technique from Holmes. A month ago Boro fans would have ....


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Boro Hold Spurs

  Boro turned in an impressive performance to hold Jose Mourinho\'s Spurs side to a draw at the Riverside yesterday. Mid way through the second half Ashley Fletcher latched onto a Saville throughball and raced away to score and Boro fans could dream of a giant killing. An equalising header from Lucas Moura meant that we can instead look forward to a replay at Tottenham\'s new stadium and we go into this evening\'s 4th round draw. It was a big occasion attracting a big crowd, the ....


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Boro Make It Happy New Year With Win At Preston

  It was a very Happy New Year for all Boro fans celebrating at the final whistle at Deepdale. And doubtless for all listening back at home. Boro followed a first away win of the season by inflicting a 2-0 defeat on high-flying Preston North End. A reward for Jonathan Woodgate\'s bold team selection bringing in Rudy Gestede for a rare start and the big man cracked home the opener, assisted the second and could have had a couple more goals from an outstanding display. But we were good all ....


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Oh What Fun It Is To See The Boro Win Away

  What an amazing performance and what a win. Boro saved it until the last game of the year to grab a first away victory of the season. We saved it until playing the league leaders. In front of a full house. Their Christmas showcase. Talk about spoiling the party but now everyone on Teesside is assured a happy New Year as the Boro battled to a brilliant 2-0 win away at The Hawthorns clinched by a real screamer from 30 yards out. We saved the best performance of the season until the big ....


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Boxing Day Cheers For Boro

  Boro delighted a bumper Boxing Day crowd by delivering the Christmas present all Teesside most wanted, another home win. A first goal by flying wing back, Djed Spence proved just enough to thwart Huddersfield Town and make it four successive home wins at the Riverside. Three precious points propelled us temporarily up the league to 18th place, before Reading defeated QPR with tricky back to back away games at WBA and Preston we needed that breathing space. But even if league leaders ....


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Boro Comeback Shock\'s Stoke

  Boro came back from a goal down to defeat Stoke City in a bottom of the table six pointer at the Riverside on Friday night. It was one way traffic with the visitors in the driving seat through most of the first hour of the game. Rather than sink us with their goal Boro brought on the subs and made a tactical switch to sink the Potters with two superb goals. Lewis Wing smashed the ball into the corner of the net following a smart turn and run by a rampant Tav. That sealed the deal ....


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Boro See Red And Sink To Swans

  It was a poor, poor Saturday for Boro, 2 red cards and a 3-1 defeat. What perhaps makes it even worse is that before Marcus Browne\'s idiotic rush of blood Boro were level and right back in the game.We had every chance of taking a point or points back on the long road to Teesside. Ayew finished emphatically to add to his dodgy penalty before Surridge finished us off. Then McNair\'s red card meant Boro finished with only 9 men on the pitch. It was a long way back from there. It is ....


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Paddy Penalty Pointer At Forest

  Injury ravaged Boro bounced back with a penalty to win a precious point away at Nottingham Forest last night. When an unmarked Ryan Yates headed past Pears mid way through the second half it looked as if all the hard work had been for nothing. Yet an inspired substitution of Marvin Johnson got behind the home defence and was chopped from behind. Paddy McNair calmly dispatched the penalty and it was honours even. A late equaliser and a great result that could look better and better ....


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Young Boro Defeat The Addicks

  Youth and experience proved a winning blend for Jonathan Woodgate\'s Boro after scoring early against Charlton. Boro reacted to defeat at Leeds by copying the table topping side in getting the upper hand almost from kick off. From the first minute goal onwards Boro were in control, played some great flowing and one touch football and should have had the game rapped up long before the 4 minutes added on were over. George Saville\'s first minute goal now leaves clear daylight ....


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Boro Battered At Leeds

  Leeds marched on hammering FOUR past Boro yesterday as we wilted in the heat of the onslaught and heady atmosphere. The title contenders settled any of their nerves when Bamford was clinical with a header in the opening minutes. The game was effectively settled with a deflected breakaway goal right on half time. In the second period Leeds picked us apart. A sorry end to a week that had offered some hope. A crushing blow to be beaten so emphatically by our old foes. There was a 35 ....


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Boro Secure Vital Win

  Boro finally clinched a victory last night holding out for a 1-0 win over bottom club Barnsley. In a match played in quite atrocious conditions it was a moment of calm and composure from Ashley Fletcher rounding the keeper to clinch the points. For the rest of the 90+ minutes it was a real battle against both the opposition and the weather to finally win our third game of the season. An oh so precious 3 points. Boro started with Ashley Pears coming in for the injured Darren Randolph ....


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The Draw That Feels Like A Defeat.

  Rampant Boro were pegged back by friendly fire when a red card on Marvin Johnson cost us dear and swung the pendulum in visitors Hull favour. Boro had gone up through a sublime Fletcher finished goal and were sitting pretty until Johnson\'s ill disciplined and unnecessary high challenge. The the tide changed and Boro were hanging on, backs to the wall, fans counting down the minutes on the big screen. High scoring Jarrod Bowen scored one then two but amazingly Boro didn\'t concede a ....


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Boro Bounce Back With Draw At Qpr

  We travelled down to London really up against it, third from bottom, four games without a goal, no wins away from home and an injury, suspension and sick list almost longer than the team list itself. It started raining just before kick off and the temperatures dropped, would we be put in deep freeze in the relegation zone from another away drubbing? No. Boro fought back against Rangers, scored goals and played football that deserved the reward of 3 points and not just one. Yes, ....


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Rams Wreck Our Hopes

  Boro fell to another defeat away at Derby after once again failing to score a goal. It was ten men Boro for the majority of the game after combative midfielder George Saville saw red for going in high and recklessly within plain sight of the referee. But it could have been so different if Britt had tucked away an early, early opportunity after rounding the home keeper. A defensive block blocked our main opportunity and it was ultimately to be another crushing defeat. Boro fans ....


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A Point In The Right Direction?

  Boro followed the late defeat to WBA with a goal less draw away at bottom three Huddersfield Town last night. Was it a good point or an opportunity squandered? Certainly we had the second half chances to win it and so build a gap between us and Huddersfield and the bottom three. And now we have gone six games without a win. On the other hand it was a far better performance and played out before a sell out away end. Huddersfield dropped the prices last night to a tenner away day with ....


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Baggies Late Strike Increases Boro Pressure

  Boro go to Huddersfield on Wednesday needing a result to stay out of the relegation places. That is the pressure pot position we find ourselves in after such a drastic run of results culminating in Saturday\'s late defeat by the Baggies. For 80+ minutes Boro competed really well. It was a far better performance all over the park and a positive response by a rejigged side after recent maulings. Yet that all went out of the window as we paid dearly for missed chances when Brom sub ....


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