All posts tagged with: The Boro

Boro v Watford: Amrabat to shine?

Middlesbrough have looked to be narrow and compact this season, but in the last month, this approach has left them vulnerable in wide areas. In the 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace, all 10 outfield players were generally grouped in the middle third of the pitch, close to the centre-circle (WhoScored). Zaha and Townsend took advantage of that… Read more →

Clinical Boro win north-east derby

The summer’s Premier League talk has been dominated by the Pep vs Jose hype, but football passions are just as high in the north-east as they are in Manchester. We saw that at the Stadium of Light as Middlesbrough picked up a 2-1 win at Sunderland thanks to a first half brace from Cristhian Stuani.… Read more →

Boro dealt blow by battling Blues

Daniel Ayala’s wrongly-disallowed late goal means Middlesbrough have dropped two points in their quest for automatic promotion, after a thrilling 2-2 draw at Birmingham. Jordan Rhodes and Gaston Ramirez profited from poor home defending for their goals, while Stephen Gleeson and David Davis scored powerful strikes for the Blues. Either side could have won a… Read more →

Goalscoring touch eludes Boro and Leeds

Middlesbrough went a fifth game without a win after a 0-0 draw at Leeds on Monday night. Their West Yorkshire opponents put in an aggressive, intensive display and for long periods, stopped the promotion challenges from finding their passing rythym. Positive substitutions gave way to an open second half in which both teams had their… Read more →

Middlesbrough mid-season review

The Football Lab interviewed Middlesbrough fan James Cartwright. You can follow him on Twitter @James94Cart You’ve conceded just 17 goals in 26 league games, and have stopped a number of the Championship’s best attacking teams from scoring. What have Middlesbrough done to build such a strong defence? It’s started with Dimi in goal, he’s been… Read more →

Stevenage mid-season review

The Football Lab interviewed Stevenage fan Mark Hollis. You can follow him on Twitter @HollisMark You’re currently midtable. Are you glad not to be in the same state as other teams recently relegated from League One, or disappointed at not challenging further up? I think mid table was all anybody expected, although with our 100%… Read more →

Middlesbrough Season Preview

The Football Lab interviewed Middlesbrough fan James Cartwright, ahead of the new season. You can follow him on Twitter @James94Cart. Here, he discusses the team’s defensive improvements under Aitor Karanka, Boro’s goalkeeping dilemma, and the need for an out-and-out goalscorer. Having got the job in November, Aitor Karanka is Middlesbrough’s first non-British manager. Was an appointment… Read more →

Stevenage Season Preview

The Football Lab interviewed Stevenage fan Mark Hollis, ahead of the new season. You can follow him on Twitter @HollisMark. Here, Mark discusses the factor’s behind Stevenage’s relegation last season, the recent sale of Luke Freeman, and how using undiscovered talent from non-league can prove effective. If you had to pick out two or three main… Read more →