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Season Over

  So close but not to be. For a few minutes in the second half Boro fans were dancing with joy at the prospect of a second successive play off finish to the season. Word soon spread like wildfire around the New York Stadium that West Brom had taken a lead at Derby. With Boro 2-0 up Boro fans were having a play off party. This was thanks to a Britt penalty goal. Things got better when John Obi Mikel blasted into the roof of the net from a corner. With Leeds losing at Ipswich there was ....


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Phew! Back To Back Wins For Boro

  There was an almighty sigh of relief around the Riverside as somehow the finger tips of Darren Randolph prevented a goal bound free kick from ruining everything. It was just about the only outstanding save Randolph had to make, although Hull had squandered many chances including missing a diving header infront of an open goal. But for once Boro\'s slender one goal lead had proved enough for 3 points and back to back wins. The six defeats may have destroyed our realistic promotion hopes ....


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Boro Over Cliff Edge

  As the game ebbed away on Tuesday night the half empty stands echoed to choruses of boos and Pulis Out. Once again a match that had seemed firmly in our grasp had slipped far, far away and fans vented their frustrations as their team froze in the floodlights with time ticking away. Is time calling now for Tony Pulis? After five successive defeats, four of them at home is there anyway back for the veteran coach? Is there anyway back for Boro\'s play off hopes? It is amazing really ....


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Boro Crash To Canaries

  Boro crashed to a disastrous fourth successive defeat and third straight home loss with a 1-0 defeat at home to league leaders, Norwich. Yet it could all have been so different had Daniel Ayala buried his header instead of hitting a post or Ashley Fletcher and Jonny Howson have cleared the danger to prevent the Norwich winner. Now Boro have it all to do to stem the tide of defeats in the home game against bang in form Bristol City on Tuesday night. On the day Boro were celebrating ....


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Boro See Red And Crash

  Boro crashed to a second home defeat inside a week and once again it was made even worse by the fact we had taken an early lead. In fact we were well in control right up to the point when a highly controversial red card changed the whole course of the night. Ayala\'s red card and the subsequent free kick goal, double punishment led to Preston seizing control but even then the winner involved a looping deflection. A sickening result that has rocked Boro\'s play off hopes. Boro ....


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Disappointment At The Dw

  It was stalemate at the DW Stadium as Boro failed to overcome a resolute Wigan side who also caused us a few problems along the way. Britt Assombalonga somehow missed the target with a seemingly open goal gaping. But after the match I heard home fans talking about how it seemed their team were settling for a point. Despite them being on top for sections of the game Wigan did look much the happier with the draw. I suppose you should not underestimate any team on their own patch and ....


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Boro Blast Qpr

An early goal by Jonny Howson was a taste of things to come as Boro ran out comfortable 2-0 winners over QPR on Saturday. Boro finally brought the away form back to the Riverside. With Mikel bossing the middle of the park, Ryan Shotton calling the shots at the back and a two man spearhead up front, Boro made a dominant first half count, building a 2-0 lead. There was no way back after the break as QPR eventually settled for keeping the score down and even when they broke through our defences ....


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Boro\'s Super Sunday Best At Blackburn

  Middlesbrough saved one of the best performances of the season for live tv and even more importantly it came just when we needed it after several weeks studded with set-backs. Derby were breath down necks only separated by goal difference Although on the face of it, a 1-0 win against a team reduced to ten men, does not look over impressive, Boro were dominant throughout. The 1-0 win at the home of Blackburn Rovers was the perfect way to bounce back from defeat at Sheffield United and ....


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Boro Crash To Sheff United

  For the second season in a row Boro found Sheff United too hot to handle on their own patch. Although we had the better of the first half and made some early chances in the second, the home side steam rollered us for much of the time after the break. They took the lead from a set-piece and then further turned the screw. Following the red card for Ayala, Sheff U froze Boro out of the game and we crashed to a costly defeat. There is real pressure now surrounding Sunday\'s game at ....


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Newport - A Bridge Too Far

  Boro were slain by the plucky Welsh minnows, Newport County and crashed out of the FA Cup in the rain. No high profile, high earning, fan-Tastic home game with Man City, then. And a second giant killing in one season seems more than careless. A massive night for Newport and a massive black mark for Middlesbrough. The Transporter derby proved a bridge too far for Boro. A last gasp equaliser for Newport set up a replay on a wet night in South Wales. A long, long way for the fans to ....


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Britt Blasts Baggies

  What a sweet, sweet victory at the Hawthorns on Saturday. It was a topsy turvy scoreline but true Britt put a full stop to all that as he signed, sealed and delivered the result with two scorching finishes. After a stormy week on the transfer front, Tony Pulis had talked about putting on a tin hat for his return to Albion but in the end we all pulled together to take full points. It feels like a massive victory. Can we now bring the form on home to the Riverside? Boro arrived at ....


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Tranny Time Late Extra Shocker

  Boro fans could not believe their eyes on Saturday when Newport County equalised in the final moments of injury time. We now await news of when the replay will be played down in South Wales. It will need a big, big effort not to be added to the list of Leicester and Leeds, teams falling in the shadow of the Gwent Transporter. Thanks to an injury time finish from former Boro youth Matty Dolan, there will be a 270 mile trek midweek next week to the giant killing ground of Rodney ....


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Saved By The Pen

  Jordan Hugill saved Boro from another humbling home defeat by tucking away his injury time penalty. In truth it was a point we barely deserved. Steve Morison, so often Boro\'s nemesis, came on and gifted a life line by needlessly bungling over Daniel Ayala from a corner. But it was the sort of afternoon everyone would rather forget and the ref clearly agreed by adding on only 3 minutes (rather than the 6 that should have been accrued from time wasting and multiple substitutions). For ....


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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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