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Very Poor Boro

  Boro crashed to a 2-1 defeat thanks to a late, late winner by Birmingham last night. Daniel Ayala had bundled the ball in from close range to equalise with only about 4 minutes to play. But in a frantic finale the home side found a way past Darren Randolph in injury time. In the first half the former Blues keeper had been left exposed and beaten from the edge of the box having kept us in the game with a string of reaction saves. It was a sickening finale for Boro fans to take and ....


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Better

  Boro did bounce back from Saturday\'s crushing defeat with a fighting draw against high flying Preston. It was a rain-lashed, half-deserted Riverside last night but those present witnessed a much-changed Boro respond to a Preston winner with a quick equaliser. We then stayed on level terms to the end of 4 minutes added on. Moreover, we looked far tighter in defence and competed all over the park. While still well short of the levels we glimpsed over the last two seasons, it was a ....


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Wednesday Make It Saturday Disaster For Woodgate\'s Boro

  Mid way through the first half I glanced up at the big screen, yes we were 4-1 down and there was still a long, long way to go. On every Wednesday raid forward Boro\'s defence was peeled apart and Darren Randolph brutally exposed to a shot, or all too often a header that left him powerless. It felt like being a Watford fan watching Man City run riot. Just how bad could this get? Jonathan Woodgate\'s Boro were completely undone and blown away in an early bird blitz at home to a ....


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Boro Own Goal Misery At Cardiff

  Ashley Fletcher\'s early own goal was the all important action in this drab league defeat in Wales. Although Boro did create plenty of openings in the first half it was the Bluebirds that had us panicking when they struck forward. After the break Boro tried to bring on increased forward options in Wing, Browne and Tav but the old warhorse Neil Warnock tightened his lines and shut us out, for what in the end was a comfortable home win for Cardiff City. Wales is not exactly a happy ....


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Randolph To The Rescue In Boro Royal Victory

  Middlesbrough took a priceless three points yesterday with a hard fought win over Reading, a rare Marvin Johnson free kick goal proving all-important. It was the 500th League game at the Riverside, a landmark stat that Boro marked with gifts to a few randomly selected Gold Card holders. Yet few of those long serving fans will have seen a goalkeeping display to match that of Darren Randolph whose amazing reflex saves ensured that Boro thwarted the Royals as they came on strong in search ....


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Boro Held By The London Lions

  Boro were held at home by Millwall on Saturday but the display and football standard was a big step up from the scrappy midweek win against Wigan. I don\'t know what you thought but I left the ground far more optimistic about the season in terms of both entertainment and Boro\'s league chances than I did after that nervy, error-strewn midweek victory. I thought there were lots of positive signs and performances out in the Saturday sun. It was a good contest throughout between two ....


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Boro Up And Running

  Phew! It may not have been pretty but finally Jonathan Woodgate\'s Boro recorded a first win under the new regime. Britt Assombalonga\'s headed conversion of Jonny Howson\'s cross was a fitting goal to win any match. Mind you, there were lots of hearts in mouths moments before we could finally celebrate the three points. But we are off now and up and running, so lets see where it can take us. It was a tense and error strewn opening half hour for as we all knew only too well that ....


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Boro Pay The Penalty At Blackburn

  Boro fell to another defeat away at Blackburn. A needless penalty conceded in the first half was all that separated the teams at the final whistle. Despite a brief second half revival when sub Marcus Browne hit the post Boro didn\'t have the craft or the muscle to rescue a point. It has not been a good first fortnight for new boss Jonathan Woodgate. Boro started with two changes from the last league outing, the loss to Brentford. In truth, we could hardly make wholesale changes as ....


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Out Of The Cup To Crewe

  Boro fell victim to a cup giantkilling once again when League Two Crewe Alexandra beat us on penalties in the 2nd Round of the Caraboa Cup at the Riveside last night. Boro had been trailing 2 first half goals and struggled to equalise on the final whistle but then blew it by missing a couple of penalties on a night of huge disappointment. Jonathan Woodgate made big changes giving debuts to all three new signings in Bola, Dijksteel and Browne and also first starts to youngsters ....


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Boro Stung By Busy Bees

  It was not the result Jonathan Woodgate was looking for in his first home game, as Boro went down to a 1-0 defeat to the busy Bees of Brentford. Those Bees were all but swamped in the first half when an impressive Boro side earned a half time ovation after pressing the Londoners and dominating all over the pitch. But Boro could not apply the cutting edge to finish off promising moves and Brentford readjusted to punish us in a strong second half showing. Woodgate kept faith with all ....


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Mad Night At The Hatters

  What an atmosphere. What a match. What a way to kick off the new campaign. End to end. Thrills and spills. Screamers and howlers. If this is just the start of things to come it looks like being an edge of the seat era. Or rather it would be but no one will ever be sitting down on this job. It has taken me a couple of days to catch my breath after an incredible night down in Luton. Jonathan Woodgate\'s Boro got stuck in at 100 mph, secured the early goal before conceding a ....


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Promising Signs V St-etienne

Boro drew their final friendly game of the season against top flight French side St-Etienne. A Lewis Wing free kick saw us hit back quickly from a dubious penalty. There was an impressive debut from new signing Marcus Browne and plenty of positive signs as we build up to Friday\'s big kick off away at Luton. It was quite a turn around then from that big 5-1 defeat away in Germany at Heidenheim. Woodgate\'s Boro have come together far more over the past few days and the transfer policy has ....


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Boro Blast Back Through True Britt

  Hat trick hero Britt blasted Boro back from an early deficit to a 3-1 win away at new EFL side Salford City. It was an evening in which young left back Hayden Coulson really impressed. Indeed there were plenty of plus points as Boro bounced back from a hammering in Heidenheim. Next step St Etienne at the Riverside and hopefully we can continue to build from here. With only one pre season friendly remaining after last night it was important for Boro to gain some confidence after ....


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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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