Boro v Athlone Town 1-1.

The result in the friendly against Athlone Town tonight, didn’t mean a thing.

Pre season games are about getting to know your new team mates, getting to know the structure of the team, getting your fitness levels up, improving your first touch and breathing.

I was a wee bit surprised that Gary Oneil played outside left position, surely this was only temporary.

There is no way in this world, that over the course of this season, he could fill the gap left by Downing and Johnson.He has not got the pace, trickery, vision or creativity to succeed.

I was delighted to see new signing Kris Boyd grab a goal. Believe it or not strikers love scoring, whether its at training, pre season games or the real thing.

But regarding these friendlies, fans shouldn’t read too much into them.

I remember playing in the final pre season game against a lower division team, under Lennie Lawrence and we got gubbed by 5. We were an absolute shambles.

That season we gained promotion into the premier league.

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