It was billed as a must win game and we achieved it, thanks to 2 smashing goals from substitute Tarmo Kink.
The performance wasn’t important, it was about the result.
Strachan and his side had to relieve the mounting pressure and after going 1 goal down, Boro had to dig deep to grind out a welcome 3 points.
The team has been heavily criticised, along with the manager and rightly so.
Tonight they showed grit, character and determination, vital ingredients that have been lacking in the opening 5 games.
If my memory serves me right, the last time we came back from a goal down at the Riverside, to go on and win, was way back in 2006 against Chelsea.
It is important not to get carried away, we have only moved up 3 places in the table, but a win against Reading could boost our position.
Just a word on Strachan, he didn’t hesitate after Saturdays gubbing at QPR he axed Bailey, Boyd and Kink.
I laughed at his quote after the game, when he was asked, ” How will you be celebrating tonight Gordon,” he replied ” With a cup of tea and a packet of crisps.”
I’m sure he would have been drinking something stronger if we had been beaten.