BERNIES BOLT 13th April 2016

What a remarkable turnaround in fortunes since the well documented fiasco within our football club.
Five straight victories speaks volumes and sitting top of the League with five games to go is an indication what kind of characters we have within the dressing room. Credit must go to the squad of players and the management team for putting their differences to one side and focussing on the only thing that matters, for Middlesbrough Football Club, our route back to the Premiership.
Certain players could have moped, caused disruption or switched off. But I have witnessed no evidence of that whatsoever.
I’m not saying that we have been good on the eye or played scintillating, free flowing football. But we have been united, dogged and determined to grind out results and each and every one of them deserves the credit.
As someone who has experienced fall-outs and getting promoted into the Premier League with Middlesbrough back in 1992, when we defeated Wolves at Molineux.
My advice to the lads would be to go out, enjoy and savour every minute of the remaining games.
Try to enjoy and soak up the pressure.
Pressure of fighting relegation is a damn sight greater. I can assure you I have sampled both.
Togetherness, mental toughness, belief, and focus are the key to our success.
Now is not the time for glamour, it’s not about impressing the purists, it’s about points on the board.
In hindsight if that clear the air meeting had not taken place our Premiership dreams could have been in tatters.
The celebrations after Forshaw’s 94th-minute winner were as good as I’ve witnessed for a long, long time.
The player’s piling up on top of each other, the fans nearly took the roof off The Riverside. Myself and former teammates Gary Pallister and Colin Cooper were hugging each other along with strangers.
A victory on Saturday against Bolton would indicate even to me as a pessimist, that this is the year.

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