Middlesbrough Message Board
BORO: Jones, McMahon, Bennett, J Johnson (Saiko 70), Williams; Walker, Shawky, Owens, A Johnson (Smallwood 80); Emnes (Craddock 60), Porritt (Franks 68).
Scorers: Johnson 2, Emnes 1, Hardman 1(OG), McMahon 1
Good to see Emnes score his forst goal for us and apparently he played well, also given a good review was young Josh Walker, back in a Boro shirt after spending the second half of last season on loan at Aberdeen.
See what happens when the youngsters play!! OK it was only Darlo but we have some cracking young players who deserve more chances to play in the first team......I reckon if we had fielded the younger players last season in the FA cup draw against Cardiff we would have stuffed it up em instead of losing 0-2.
Wenger has the right idea...he uses the younger lads who don’t get regular first team action in the cup draws leaving the first team to concentrate on the premiership.
Anyone else think that makes sense?
I take your point CJ but remember Wenger is also looking to Arsenal's progress in the Champions League too, and as such has the revenue to protect from one more competition which is very lucrative. You will recall MacLaren gave a number of youngsters starting places in the UEFA cup games. A good run in the League Cup and FA Cup is vital to Boro in terms of revenue, but I do agree Boro just didn't turn up mentally against Cardiff and had too high a mountain to climb after the second goal! I can't help thinking that had Boro beaten Cardiff, we'd be looking forward to another season in Europe now.
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Now then KH, thanks for the reply. Our revenue would increase if we started producing some good displays of attacking football.
Higher attendance figures at the Riverside would lead to a better atmosphere for us as the home team and hopefully more home wins which last season were few and far between.
The cup runs are vital but all I am saying is, get the younger, fringe players on at the start, they have been playing together regularly for years, they won the youth FA cup 4 or 5 years ago and we can still have the likes of Alves and #$%$ the bench if needed...especially in the two legged Carling cup ties. If we are not careful our bright young prospects will leave for other teams in the search for first team football.