• Middlesbrough Message Board

  • Timothy-Poof Timothy-Poof Feb 6, 2007 17:59 Flag

    Credit where it's due!

    Just a quick note to give a huge amount of credit to Steve Gibson and the Boro' board for sticking to their guns with Gareth Southgate. After a difficult start, this team is really starting to turn it around. Best thing is Boro' actually do play some good football. Much like my club Reading. Keep it up Middlesbrough and here's hoping you can push for a place in Europe.

    If it's at the expense of the Royals though you can #$%$ off. lol.

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    • Just remember what has happened to Wigan in their 2nd season in the EPL after riding so high in their first season. Now don't take offence to this, but consolidating in the EPL this season should be your teams target, not looking at Europe, if you can be in the same position next season then you should be looking to get into europe, but not this time around.
      It is good to see how much GS has improved since the start of the season and I hope that he can keep it up and as for todays match, I hope he does the double over Chelsea.

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      • Hey Marc, cheers for the response. I take no offence to what you have said and agree wholeheartedly that our aim next season should be to consolidate our Premiership status. However I feel it is still important to stay optimistic.

        What has happened to Wigan has been a real eye-opener for them but in fairness I think they have been dogged by injuries and a bit of bad luck. Look at Sundays game against Arsenal, if they play like that for the rest of the season they should be fine.

        The club whose example I do not wish my team to follow is undoubtedly West Ham. They too had a successful first year in the Premiership and they are really struggling now. The difference between them and Wigan? I think West Ham thought they were better than they really are and abandoned the mentality that got them where they were last season. The players have failed to play with the passion of last year against teams of similair or lesser standard than them. I refer to games against Arsenal and Man Utd this year where West Ham did show some fight and took an unlikely three points in both games. I think if we remember the things that have got us where we are this season and couple it with a couple of shrewd signings in the summer we should be ok next season too. I'm not saying we will have as much success as this year, but who knows.

        Clubs to follow examples of:- Charlton pre 2006/7, Bolton, Fulham, Portsmouth and yes Middlesbrough

      • 3-0!

        HA HA HA!

        Boro got TWONKED!

        Useless team! #$%$ club! and #$%$ fans!

        Nevermind telling a Reading supporter that his teams priority should be Premeirship survival, its not like Boro are a top 4 side are they?

    • Don't get carried away - one cuckoo doesn't make a summer

    • Thanks for the message, yeh we are playing attractive football now Gareth has put his mark on the team, which is starting to pull back some of the tossers that had forgot where the Riverside was, yet somehow found where Eindhoven was on the map last year!!!!!!!!!!!
      Still some work to be done, but going in the right direction!!
      Amazed to see how well u are doing, shows what a good manager n committed players can do(dont tell Freddie shepherd lol)