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At least you were able to switch off!! I have been a Boro supporter for some 50 years but I now live 75 miles from the Riverside and cannot attend home matches without a deal of effort and expense. However I met up with my two adult sons to attend yesterday. Gibson, Lamb and Southgate got what they had bleated for all season, a full house, what we, the paying supporters failed to get was passion from the players. Southgate tried as he always does from the touchline but he just was not getting through. Every player without exception just do not turn up yesterday, and if they have any contrition within themselves they will donate last weeks wages to a charity for the underprivileged.
Boro yesterday did not have a leader who grabbed players and hence the game by the scruff of the neck. Arca although a talented player is not a captain when the chips are down and I'm not sure Boeteng was either. Rochemback was as ineffectual as I have ever seen him and that is saying something. Alves is still not fit and possibly not really interested as yet, and can the rumours be true that he does not like to train? Mido is committed but woefully unfit still. Tuncay tries but lacks support, and when Young and O'Neil have a bad day together as they did yesterday Boro have all sorts of trouble. Schwarzer's mind was/is not on the job but maybe on his future. Only Pogatetz and Downing really seemed to be trying, but they too were below par and had no real support for crosses.
So it's all over for another season, save for a possible scrap against relegation. But Boro's best opportunity to win a major domestic trophy has gone and the circumstances of top teams taking their collective eyes of the ball may not happen again. No Europe next year of course so Boro will have difficulty attracting and keeping top players like Woodgate and Yakubu for another season.
Middlesbrough as a town is somewhat of a Cinderella, although unjustifiably so, yesterday on national television it was also made a laughing stock. Messrs Gibson & Lamb may want full houses week on week, but it is a business they are running, and if a business fails to provide for its customers, it loses them albeit probably only temporarily.
Great email, but will let downs like this, make management/coaching staff reappraise the situation, what did go wrong, why weren't they up for it, what is lacking. There has been too many displays like this this season.
Incidentally i am now in the middle of the desert in the middle east so needed to turn off before i put my foot through the tele.
There was no off the ball movement from middle field, everyone was so so static and it was though the management had no other way to play but how they ried too, i.e.e no plan B or even C.
For any team ball sport the basics are pass and move and create space when you haven't got the ball or get into space when you look for it.
A totally inept, pathetic performance.
I got criticised for it before but at times Southgate does need some degree of help and guidance and dare I say it a consultant to help him, I got critisised before for saying it and no doubt I will again but sometime the likes of McClaren would be helpful...Just to bounce ideas off.
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Can only hope you are joking about SMc being used to bounce ideas off. The best idea being "Steve do you want to F Off? No? Well do it anyway!"
For 4 years we had 2 rows of 4 defenders and 4 midfielders unable to pass, break, move do anything other than pass forwards, pass back, run out of ideas and lump it.
Yes the weekend was bad but....the football has been improving. Alalalalalalalalalalaldaire is a big miss for us upfront. He works hard, tracks back, tackles when he loses the ball. Clearly the weekend was bad from start to finish but spells of our football this year have improved.
I want us to be more consistant and for several years we have had to put up with some pretty #$%$ football. We have been to 3 quarter finals in the FA cup in a row. this if nothing else is consistant.
Yes we should have gone further and with greater ease but we haven´t. We can sit and moan or cheer the team on for the next game. The start of this season was massively bad. The performance since Xmas have improved. Lets focus on the improvement else all we do is dwell on the poor of the past. Some bigger teams than us were embarassed on the weekend, its the joy of the FA cup!
Besides looks like NUFC are #$%$ than us and will bag the last relegation spot! Its not all doom and gloom!