We’ve not seen a post on here for a while, and I’m sorry. A combination of work commitments and a lack of things to talk about have resulted in the blog being rather scarce with information on Boro’s season so far in the Championship. Well, lucky or unlucky for you, the blog will see more action over the coming weeks. And no, I’ve not been laid off from work – I just realise (optimism) that Middlesbrough, under the guidance of Tony Mowbray, will come out of the festive period and head into the New Year with much more confidence and belief.
It’s a bitter pill to swallow when you look back at where we were a few seasons ago – I for one am desperately missing games against the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool. With Mowbray now settling into his new role it seems we are starting to see a change in mentality with the players we have and the dream of getting closer to the Premier League once again is becoming more realistic. The players under Gordon Strachan’s reign were lost souls but now they have something to relate to when they get instructions from Mogga – they want what’s best for the club and the supporters when they put on the red and white jersey.
Tonight’s game at Doncaster is a very winnable game for anyone in the Championship, regardless of whether you are at the top, middle or bottom – the league is that unpredictable again this season. Mowbray needs to build on the recent win against high-flying Cardiff City and string results together to get Teesside buzzing and keep the confidence going throughout the dressing room. It’s a game, due to the bitterly cold weather conditions, which will be won or lost through discipline and determination so we have to be focused throughout.
With David Wheater returning to the squad tonight, Mowbray will have a selection headache ahead of kick-off. He may stick with the same team that claimed three points at the Riverside last Saturday, but then again he may throw Wheater back into the side to provide onlookers with a chance to see the Redcar stopper in action before the January transfer window opens up.
Whatever the team Mogga picks I’m sure our players will be more than up for the game and ready to go at Sean O’Driscoll’s side who sit six points ahead of us. A win would be a great platform as we look towards the busy Christmas period. With players like Marvin Emnes, Nicky Bailey and even Joe Bennett hitting form at the right time we have a real chance of grabbing much needed wins in the next few games and then we can see what Mowbray can do for us in the January transfer window to hopefully strengthen us and provide more fire-power in front of goal.
In the past, on this blog, I have given a match prediction but from now on I’ll leave that to the fans to decide so let us know what you think of our chances against Doncaster Rovers tonight.
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