Boro have to stand up and be counted!

Now is the time to separate the men from the boys. With 10 championship games remaining,Middlesbrough players individually and collectively have to stand up and be counted, they have to show a mental toughness, an inner strength and belief that they can make at least the playoffs. These qualities have been evidently lacking in our last two games against Leeds and Birmingham. Don’t get me wrong, this team deserve the plaudits for getting us into a great position, for me they have been punching above their weight and have surprised us all. But i am afraid the last two performances have exposed our frailties.My concern going into the season was injuries, loss of form and suspensions, especially with a paper thin squad, it was inevitable that over the course of the season it was going to catch up with us and so it has proved.Its alarming that in the last two games, we have failed to take a point, conceded 5 goals and not scored a goal, apart from these results as a spectacle its been rank poor.  I know if we win its irrelevant how we perform, because at this stage of the season its about taking maximum points, now is not the time for glamorous free flowing football, its all about points on the board, but when your playing poor football and losing its a recipe for disaster.

Next up West Ham, down at Upton Park on Tuesday. I witnessed the Hammers against Leeds on Saturday and I have to be honest and say West Ham despite sitting 3rd  in the table looked an average side, lacking in ideas and fairly negative. Big Sam Allardyce has had his critics for his brand of football and on this evidence I could see why. Despite our gubbing at Birmingham we should still travel to London confident of getting something. Don’t forget we have won 10 games on our travels, obviously our task is more difficult, with Barry Robson suspended and Rhys Williams injured, but what we have got in our favour is West Ham haven’t set the heather alight at home and have struggled.

Good luck to Mogga and the boys.

My thoughts and prayers are with Fabrice Muamiba and his family, please all pray for him.

One Response to “Boro have to stand up and be counted!”

  1. PeterSwallow says:

    Boro have yet to score an away goal against a team that was above them in the league when the game was played.

    Boro are a poor team who have been lucky due to the freak easy runs of teams in the fixtures. Boro will finish bottom half, and next season will be in a relegation battle.

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