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Clive Hurren
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Yes, exciting times. We’ve brought in some good young players, some obviously with an eye to the long-term, such as the young Kingstonian full-back (haven’t quite got my brain round his name yet!) I’m also really excited by Folarin Balogan - reports from Arsenal say he’s terrific. Could it be that at long last we have sorted out the recruitment department? 

As for Reading, I’ll obviously be disappointed with anything less than a win, and preferably by at least 3 clear goals. 


K P in Spain
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Whilst I am hoping for a good win on Saturday, which should be achievable against a poorly performing Reading side, I am also hoping for a good performance.

I want to see us playing like we did against Bournemouth and Forest and not as we did against Blackpool and Mansfield. Controlling the game with passing and movement rather than the kick and rush which occurs when we give the ball away too easily.  

Anything less could create doubts in my mind that the two former games were just purple patches and that we have not yet completely got ourselves sorted; hopefully the options available to CW from new recruits should ensure that it shouldn’t happen. And no typical Boro please! 😎 


exmil
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Man Utd cup match has been selected for ITV coverage on Friday 4 Feb kickoff at 8pm.

Come on BORO.


K P in Spain
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Worrying reports in the Telegraph that Bristol City, Stoke and MFC could be facing possible points deductions under the next round of Profit & Sustainability rule (FFP). The three clubs will be facing close scrutiny in the next round of FFP. 

https://www.getreading.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/bristol-city-middlesbrough-stoke-reading-22734684  😎

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Original Fat Bob
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@k-p-in-spain 

we’ve posted this kp 

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K P in Spain
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@original-fat-bob. Sorry another senior moment!  I missed it - must pay more attention. 😎


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exmil
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Posted by: @k-p-in-spain

@original-fat-bob. Sorry another senior moment!  I missed it - must pay more attention. 😎

KP there is that many forums now it’s no wonder you missed it, I have just found “Boro still adding to the squad” today because it was in a group called general football and not in the Middlesbrough FC group. I thought anything to do with Boro would be in that group, maybe under separate headings.

Come on BORO.


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Andy R
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Posted by: @exmil
Posted by: @k-p-in-spain

@original-fat-bob. Sorry another senior moment!  I missed it - must pay more attention. 😎

KP there is that many forums now it’s no wonder you missed it, I have just found “Boro still adding to the squad” today because it was in a group called general football and not in the Middlesbrough FC group. I thought anything to do with Boro would be in that group, maybe under separate headings.

Come on BORO.

Exmil,

It may help you to use the Unread Posts section from the menu. That will point you to all the posts that you haven’t yet read regardless of the forum.

That’s where I go each time I check in.


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Powmill-Naemore
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@andy-r

Thanks for the tip/ reminder about the unread posts option. I too had been having difficulty trying to keep up!


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Forever Dormo
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Right, chaps!  In a matter of hours I will be on my way up to the North West of Scotland for a week, so I will miss the Reading game.  I won't get coverage of it on the internet with BBCTees via BBCSounds and obviously we will be well out range for any radio signal.  It is, I imagine, like entering a Black Hole - a beautiful one but still a Black Hole. I hope Boro comes away with 3 points and although Fulham may have put 7 past Reading a few days ago, I'd be happy with any sort of win.  But obviously a 4-0 or better, with Sporar and maybe a new lad or two getting on the scoresheet, would be better. And it would help the goal difference which might be important at the end of the season. But let's not get ahead of ourselves - the important thing is the win at any score.

I understand the last Test Match in Hobart is a day/nighter starting at 4am (not sure whether that is when the first ball is bowled or when the coverage/build-up starts), so that will at least mean I will be able to listen to Test Match Special for most of the day's play.  Some stations we get with no problem in North Yorkshire - at least in pre-Bilsdale Mast fire days - disappear even in southern Scotland but by the time we approach the Grampians on the A9, the stations disappear quickly.  I expect the day's play to be over by then, or nearing its end.  We will see.

No fighting while my back is turned...


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@forever-dormo

We promise to be good sir !

 

ENJOY …

 

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Powmill-Naemore
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@forever-dormo

( Sheepishly trying to look innocent, but with hands hidden behind his back, both with four fingers crossed. )

Yes sir. We promise.

 

Enjoy your trip up to Scotland

 Did you tell us where you are headed. Just checked forecast for Mallaig and it looks more grey than wet for the next 5 or 6 days. Not cold though.

Drive carefully.

 


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K P in Spain
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@forever-dormo. Safe travels and enjoy. 😎


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jarkko
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Good read about Boro and Head of football Kieran Scott on his Riverside role:

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/sport/19845339.middlesbrough-head-football-kieran-scott-riverside-role/

Up the Boro!


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Powmill-Naemore
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@jarkko

Great and very interesting article Jarkko. Thanks for posting it. 

I think there is a consensus in this forum  at least, that things really do seem much more joined up inside the club these days and perhaps we can all be realistically optimistic for the next few years.

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Wilder pointed out at his press conference this morning that a Reading  win for Boro is not a foregone conclusion as they have some very experienced senior players. All the Boro team have to work hard and not be complacent and don’t take things for granted. 

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Wilder pointed out at his press conference this morning that a Reading  win for Boro is not a foregone conclusion as they have some very experienced senior players. All the Boro team have to work hard and not be complacent and don’t take things for granted. 

OFB

That’s where we have gone wrong in the past, players expecting to win by just turning up but I have a feeling that CW will not let that happen.

Come on BORO.


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Philip of Huddersfield
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Well, it’s been a successful transfer window so far with strengthening in the right areas ( apart from a new goalkeeper) with deals done early.

What needs to happen now is for the 4 players earmarked to leave finding  new Clubs in the very near future.

Boro supporters are on a high because of the above and there’s talk of a handsome win tomorrow particularly as Reading currently are in bad form and their 7-0  drubbing against Fulham.

I would fully expect their tactics tomorrow to have all players behind the ball and hope to attack on the break and to be delighted with any kind of draw.

As Arsenal proved last night getting all players behind the ball can make it very difficult for the opposition and so patience is the key tomorrow and not becoming frustrated if goals and opportunities to score are few.

So, I’ll be happy with any kind of win to consolidate our position in the League.

Philip of Huddersfield 


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@philip-of-huddersfield  I expect a hard game and not a high scoring one.

I would take any kind of win tomorrow.


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Forever Dormo
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@powmillnaemore: Ullapool, lads.  Or, to be more exact, on the shores of Loch Broom a few miles away from there.


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https://www.facebook.com/676141939108109/posts/4828598977195697/

Come on BORO.


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Thanks to OFB for the match preview and it's finally back to business in the Championship after what as seemed an age since the last game, which was 18 days ago with that last-gasp victory at Blackpool.

Some pressing database work meant I hadn't been keeping an eye on the latest comings and goings at the Riverside this week - so am just catching up.

I was surprised to see Kokolo leave the club to join Burton after what had been a promising display in the FA Cup - perhaps he was seen more a winger than wing-back and has been deemed like Hernandez surplus to requirements. Though no surprise to hear both Ikpeazu and Siliki are looking for new clubs as neither have really featured for Wilder.

I can't say I know much of the new arrivals other than seeing Boyd-Munce put in a promising display last week against Mansfield. I don't recall ever seeing either Folarin Balogun or Aaron Connolly play but look forward to seeing if they add that missing fire-power that could make the difference this term. Also not heard of the latest arrival in Riley McGree - who sounds like a 1930s gumshoe - so let's hope he's soon on the case!

Of course, there's still the missing Payero that was signed in the last window to get up to speed too - he had looked quite promising before being injured and maybe he'll appear again at some point. I also noted that Neil Taylor has extended his contract, which in the absence of Bola was probably a no-brainer.

The one obvious missing piece of business so far is a new keeper as Joe Lumley was poor in the FA Cup and Daniels hasn't looked any better - especially his distribution. Will Sol Brynn get a chance to prove his credentials? Though surely there must be a safe pair hands somewhere out there that can add that extra security to the defence.

Too early for predictions as team selection could be quite a variable today - however, I expect Boro to play with the intensity demanded by Wilder and the game against Reading offers a chance to continue the good run and edge back into the top six.

Looking forward to watching a rare game on my MFC Matchday Live subscription - I think it's just the second game in five weeks that has been available!


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To my mind Joe Lumley made an unimpressive start at Boro and was poor against Mansfield but in between that he’d been quietly getting on with the job. Not spectacular in any way but not hapless or hopeless. A vast improvement on Bettinelli last season.

If there’s a top keeper or hugely promising younger keeper out there that we can get then fine, go for it, but otherwise I don’t see replacing him as a must for this window.

I think it’s at the other end of the field that will make the biggest difference to our chances this year. Hopefully we’ve found a couple in Connolly and Balogun but we’ll see.


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@andy-r I am pretty sure Kyren Scott and Wilder have had the young Brynn well scouted while he was at Queen of the South. He was bought in as a third keeper but he must have impressed the Boro,  too.

While I hope a new keeper will be signed, I also dream that the new keeper would be one from the academy. So why not Brynn?

Up the Boro!

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Team News: So just one new face as Connolly starts ahead of Watmore but it's a more familiar line-up than last week - Payero on the bench as well as Balogun

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Middlesbrough - 94.9% to win oh dear that looks like an upset waiting to happen!

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Connolly in

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Neil Maddison said he couldn’t believe how well the new players have fitted into training this week all laughing and joking and a great team spirit !

COME ON BORO

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Has anyone got a link to a safe stream? 


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@martin-bellamy soccer24hd...reading commentary

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