11th August 2014
Boros opening game of the season against Birmingham turned out to be a canter, from the off Boro looked head and shoulders above the Brummies. Defensiveley we were never tested, in fact Tomas Mejias Osorio never had one shot to save on a glorious day at The Riverside he could have got his deck chair out, put on the ambre solaire, his shades and laid back and sipped a glass of wine.
Boro set their stall out they were direct, creative and possessed a good tempo. With a bit more luck and ruthlessness could have scored 4 or 5.
The left side duo of Friend and Reach for me was the highlight of the day. Friend was his usual energetic self, driving forward, creating havoc and having a couple of efforts at goal. Adam Reach showed us what he is all about, kept his shape well, gave the team a nice balance, had good close control, was direct and skilful and whipped in several terrific balls. Personally I am delighted for Reach. I don’t know the lad from Adam if you pardon the pun.
Last season via my Gazette column, website and radio, I was fighting his corner, hopefully this season he stamps his authority and is in the starting 11 on a regular basis.
I was delighted for Kike his movement and hold up play were very good, he had several chances and put 1 of them away. To open your account on the opening day especially for a striker is a dream start. Hopefully there are many more to come.
For me the only thing that didn’t click on the day was the right side. Hines was out of position, failed to give Adomah the service and back up he required. In saying that Adomah looked lethargic and lacking in ideas when he did get the ball.
All in all a terrific opening start, 2 goals, a clean sheet, 3 points on the board and it was great to get over 18,000 fans witnessing it.
I personally thought the fans generated an excellent atmosphere which was led by the drummer.A word of caution, its important not to get carried away, its 1 game and in my opinion we are still 4 players short. No doubt Karanka is aware of this and is working his socks off to get them in. I say it every season, we will have injuries, loss of form, suspensions and when those occur its important to have a beefed up squad with able replacements.
A quick word on my Legends lounge debut as a host. I thoroughly enjoyed it,thanks to my guest Gary Pallister and it was great meeting big John Hickton and several former players. The room was full and there was a good atmosphere. Hopefully they all return for our next home game against Sheffield Wednesday.
If you want to book the Legends lounge its £99 which includes 3 course meal, match ticket and free bar call 0844499 1234
You can also listen to me and phone in after every Boro game on CVFM 104.5FM to phone, call 01642 688104, so listen tomorrow from 10-11pm.
If you have a child aged 5-7 bring them along to Redcar and Cleveland Community Heart between 1-2pm on Sunday 17th August for a free coaching session with myself and ex Boro coach Mark Proctor.