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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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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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