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Britt Blast Means Boro Sink Brum

  Boro won the battle of St Andrews after Britt\'s cool finish broke Brum hearts just as they had clawed their way back on to equal terms. Boro were deservedly ahead at half time, Lewis Wing\'s finish reward for a dominant display. But after the break Monk\'s team drove Boro back and gradually wore us down until we cracked. Britt\'s breakaway and lob over Lee Camp broke Blue hearts. Never an easy place to go, St Andrews. We did beat the Blue side of Birmingham last season thanks to ....


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Boro Five Goal Cup Thriller

  Middlesbrough won the battle of the Boro teams with a decisive 5-0 victory that excited the 11 000 crowd. It might have been different if Peterborough had taken clear cut chances in a largely pedestrian first half. Yet from the moment Britt Assombalonga hussled a rebound over the line early in the second period, the cards were marked for Posh Boro and it was only a matter of how many for northern Boro. It was third round of the FA Cup weekend, where the big boys enter the oldest ....


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New Year Cheer From Boro

  It was a very happy New Year for Boro fans watching the team draw away at in-form Derby at Pride Park. The New Year\'s Day fixture saw the teams placed 5th and 6th and locked on equal points finishing with a share of the spoils. The same result as at the Riverside last year. Can Boro now build on this as a platform to launch another campaign towards promotion? That won\'t be easy but neither was this fixture. There do not come much harder games to start a New Year than playing ....


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Boro New Year New Resolve

  Middlesbrough ended 2018 with a much needed home victory but we will need one of the performances of the season against Frank Lampard\'s Derby County on New Year\'s Day. The 2-0 win against Ipswich gives us some confidence and hope, a platform to build on. Can we possibly provide a shock win in the east Midlands? Kick off 3pm on New Year\'s Day. Boro finally got a home win before the old year was out. The 2-0 win over Ipswich was welcomed with a wave of relief. Jordan Hugill\'s ....


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No Xmas For Boro Fans

  There was no festive celebration for Boro fans as the win at Reading proved a false dawn with Boor crashing to Boxing Day defeat at home to Sheff Wed. That former home produced Adam Reach settled the contest with a sublime finish only served to rub salt into the wounds for a team and fanbase now floundering without confidence. No way to perform before at Christmas before the biggest crowd of the season. How on earth can we pick ourselves up before playing Ipswich on Saturday 3pm kick ....


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Phew Christmas Is Rescued By Boro Friend

    Boro fans were driving home for Christmas with a precious 3 points in the bag thanks to a captain\'s knock and goal from George Friend. And there was a whole lot of unseasonal grit on display as well as we finally stopped the rot and ended that alarming slide. Could this be a line in the sand? Could it turn out to be a hugely significant win? Is Christmas back on for Boro fans. Another long, long journey in December and how many Boro fans like me were held up by an hour ....


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Storm Damage

  Boro crashed to a damaging defeat at QPR on stormy Saturday. As the icy rain lashed down Boro were increasingly reduced to lumping the ball forward in the hope of getting a lucky break equaliser. We paid the penalty for a really slow start at the back but were given a ticket back into the game from George Saville\'s crashing volley. Just as it seemed we might step up and take all 3 points Rangers took us apart one more time. Too slick for us in the wintry conditions, Boro have now gone ....


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Britt Worldy For Boro Great Escape

  Boro fought back from a nightmare start to draw with Blackburn. A man down and a goal down with three quarters of the game left and being comprehensively out-played, the omens did not look good. But in the end we were left to rue a couple of glaring misses to win after super sub Assombalonga hit us back into the game with a world class finish. A strange game at the Riverside then. Tony Mowbray returned with his promoted Blackburn game and really ought to have had all 3 points ....


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Boro Second Best As Villa Romp Home

  Boro fans choked on their tea time entertainment as Aston Villa came, saw and heavily defeated Boro in a 3-0 mauling at the Riverside. It wasn\'t quite a repeat of the counter attacking lesson handed out by Karanka\'s Nottingham Forest in the 2-0 reverse in October. Boro were not immediately brushed aside as we competed for a large part of the game. However, what makes it even more telling is that we started with a more or less full strength side (Shotton apart) and we were dealt a big, ....


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Can Boro Take Down Villa?

  Boro can take a giant leap forward if we can defeat Aston Villa at the Riverside today in the tea time 5.30pm kick off. You need to get there and add your voice to the Ayresome Angel chorus as we aim to avenge our play off defeat and make a big statement of our promotion intent and credentials. With four league games this month, 3 points today could be the start of a momentous shift for Middlesbrough. But the games do not come much harder than this head to head. Since Dean Smith ....


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Can Boro Make It Back To Back Wins On The Road?

  Can Boro follow up that brilliant victory at Brentford with another win on the road at Preston tonight? It is all action at the moment, no let up at all. Two teams recording big weekend wins and bang on form go head to head in deepest Deepdale. Can Boro take the honours again and drop down anchors in the promotion places? Kick off is 7.45pm. Second half goals by in-form Jordan Hugill and a phenomenal header by Marcus Tavernier set Boro on the road to a win on Saturday. The first ....


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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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