After three home victories on the bounce, our home form seems to have deserted us. I was at the Riverside on Saturday against Leicester and thought we were second best all over the park, we lined up fairly negative, passing was sloppy, midfield looked slow, sluggish and lacked creativity and up front Jutkiewicz was an isolated figure for the majority. Zemmama who played behind him ran about like a headless chicken and flattered to deceive.
On the day we got what we deserved.
Last night when I heard the team news, I instantly predicted a draw. Once again our midfield quartet of Bailey, Thomson, Leadbitter and McEachran didn’t exactly fill me with confidence. Of course injuries to influential attacking players, such as Carayol and Reach doesn’t help our cause as an attacking force.
From the outside looking in, it looks as if our priority is not to concede. Well if that is the case, its clearly not working as we have conceded 16 goals in 9 games. That is a poor statistic, no matter how much you try to camouflage it.
It has been well documented that Tony Mowbray had a meeting with out of favour Scott Macdonald. All the indications were that he was going to be involved last night, once again he even failed to make a place on the bench. Did that surprise me? Of course it did.I looked at the subs Zemmama, Ledesma, Leutwiler, Parnaby, McManus and Smallwood, not a striker amongst them.Look I have experienced what Scott Macdonald is going through, I have been left out in the cold and totally ignored, but it doesn’t help either party. To start with one recognised striker out of seventeen players at home, for me is a major crime, its a pigheaded, stubborn and negative approach by the football club.
With Emnes, Main and Miller all injured surely it would have made sense to have had the Aussie on the bench. Of course he lacks match fitness, but a twenty five minute spell could be the difference between winning and drawing the game. Once again phone ins and social network sites are been over critical of the manager, some even suggesting its time for a change. Look Mourinho or Sir Alex Ferguson couldn’t have done any better than Mogga. Since he has taken over the reigns, his hands have been tied throughout, he has been asked to reduce the wage bill and his team and squad are full of free transfers and bargain basement buys and of course as it stands today his squad is littered with injuries to key players, that is not an excuse, that is a fact. Look I am not saying Mogga is faultless, when he dropped the in-form Reach and Williams I was furious, playing four similar players across midfield, I sometimes think he is trying to pleases everyone and at home I still think we are over cautious and negative. I sometimes have to question certain fans mentalities, do they expect to see Boro put in Barcelona type performances on a regular basis?
This Saturday we travel to Watford, I expect the midfield to change and I expect Scott Macdonald to be at least on the bench after featuring today in Middlesbrough’s under 21;s friendly against Sunderland.
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