Resilient Boro Are Rewired For Success

TARMO Kink became an instant cult hero when he landed a last gasp double salvo of the Estonian Exocet against Burnley to salvage an unlikely victory.
Twice unfeasible long range torpedoes – launched from a sub remember – streaked home through crowded boxes to land a breath-taking double KO blow, to snatch three points and after a brief spell being hailed as the Baltic Beckham, to condemn him to life as the perpetual archetypal impact man.
That stirring 2-1 win, back in September 2010 and at the fag end of the Gordon Strachan era, was at the time a real collectors item: A dramatic fight-back by Boro.


Shockingly. that was the first time brittle Boro had come from behind to win a league game at the Riverside Stadium since Gareth Southgate’s first home game in charge against Chelsea in August 2006.
After the best part of four years and 82 home games that was more than a statistical quirk. It was an institutional failing, one of the fundamental flaws that saw Boro slide powerlessly out of the Premier League and sickeningly towards the Championship drop zone in three years of paralysis.
If Boro went behind they could not win. The crowd knew that and the players knew that, and quickly visiting teams knew it too. And exploited it. “Get an early goal lads and they will fold and the crowd will turn.” Visiting coaches admitted that more than once.
Sometimes if they went behind they could eek out a flailing draw but increasingly as that timeline lurched uneasily onto a damning downwards slope towards relegation and beyond, leaking the opener in a game signalled a defeat. If Boro conceded first, chances were, the game drifted away.
So if you are looking for a cypher for the transformation that Tony Mowbray has brought about at Boro, consider how his team have quickly become one of the Championship’s comeback kings.
The Football 365 stat centre has a “resolve” table that shows how teams have fared having gone behind in games.
Boro have been pretty much nailed in the bottom three of that table for the past two years but in a spectacular second half of the season since Mogga has got a grip, they have soared up to an impressive second place.
The new resilient Boro have now come from losing positions to win eight games and draw seven this term – with eight of those fightbacks coming in the last 13 games – salvaging a hefty 29 points. Only battling Burnley have a better record having taken 31.
Imagine how, under the previous tactical rigid regime Boro would have fared. Imagine what the league table would look like now without those 29 points. Hello, Hartlepool!
The scrappy win against Coventry was far from a classic game but it was one straight out the new mould. Boro played poorly and went behind but never folded and clawed back to first level and then steal a victory that maybe wasn’t totally deserved.
That’s what a team needs to do to be successful: keep scrapping and get something, even when they’re not playing well. And the gaffer admitted as much.
“We were far from our best,” he said. “There were far too many misplaced passes. It was a frustrating game but people keep telling me it’s all about winning at the end of the day and we’ve managed to do that.”
“We’ve drawn one or two more than we would have liked to but it’s important not to lose football matches and one defeat in ten is good. If you can keep that going over a season and nick the tight games and get three points instead of one, you’ve got a real chance.”
That trait has helped Boro climb to fifth in the form table and they are currently closer to the play-offs (11 points) than the drop zone (15 points). The steady progress since hitting rock bottom when Preston scored at Deepdale on December 28th and Boro responded in style to win has seen optimism and hope bubble back.
Boro have slowly been transformed from post-Premiership fragile dandies to a normal, robust blowing hot-and-cold but hard-to-beat Championship side. And if we want to get out of this league that is a good place to start.
The Coventry game was a laboured display. Boro looked exactly what they were, a patched up side who had played a tough 90 in sweltering heat two days previously.
The passing was wayward and sluggish, the team looked creaky going forward, both strikers repeatedly failed to control the final ball and squandered possession and the side were given the runaround for long spells by a limited but lively City side.
But despite that Boro levelled through Julio Arca, netting for the second game running, then withstood some routine pressure and then got lucky late on as Coventry hit the post to stay in the game. Then they clinically mugged the Sky Blues at the death as that man Kink again struck superbly in stoppage time to steal the win.
It was the third time he had come off the bench this season to score late winners. Which is a useful party piece to have for a player who rarely does enough when he starts to nail down a regualr place.
And that sting in the tail is the hallmark of Mogga’s new Boro.
It was the fifth home game in a row that Boro had stormed from behind to take points from games that seemed to be slipping away and the third time a rousing final flourish had ended with victory.
In a tense tussle between two trapdoor dancers in early March Boro went behind to Derby County in the first half but in a sizzling second half Seb Hines bundled home the equaliser before Merouane Zemmama struck the winner two minutes from time.
In the next game one of the iron laws of football inevitability kicked in early as Danny Graham put Watford in front but Scott McDonald got a quickfire leveller then Andrew Taylor sealed it on the stroke of half-time.
There followed a pulsating 3-3 draw with Leicester as Yakubu naturally scored early on but Emnes pegged it back then the Foxes built up a commanding 3-1 lead before Rhys Williams gave Boro a lifeline then McDonald rescued a point four minutes into injury time.
Next up were Barnsley and perennial tormentor Marlon Harewood netted but on-fire Aussie McDonald levelled six minutes from time to earn a 1-1 draw.
Which brings us to Coventry, the fifth game in the Riverside revival run, a win that took Boro’s recent form to just one defeat in 10 overall and left them unbeaten at home for over two months since the 3-0 reverse to QPR in February.
But it is not just on home turf that resilient Boro have proved to have a sting in the tail.
Boro have also come back to win 3-2 at intimidating Millwall and to draw 3-3 in a hectic game at Ipswich, both among the form teams in the division at the time and then on Saturday game Hull a goal start before a goal blitz built a commanding lead.
The arrival of Mogga and the subsequent rewiring for success came too late for Boro to storm from behind to snatch something this season. But like Kink, it is a useful weapon to have in your armoury and it bodes well for next season. Bring it on.

Advertisements

29 thoughts on “Resilient Boro Are Rewired For Success

  1. Great result, we played well for 60 minutes, conceded a ridiculous goal which must have been a mile offside – I sit directly behind the linesman – then we seemed to run out of energy and mugged them at the end.
    When we concede goals now, it’s not the devastating event it used to be – in the past it would pretty much destroy us, players and fans alike would know we had almost no chance of getting back into the game. Now, we brush it off, in fact on Monday it seemed to fire us up even more.
    Quickly worked it out, but to back up what you’ve said we now have a +1 net point gain from goals in the last five minutes under Mogga (nine for, eight against), having at one stage been minus six (after Forest, I think.)
    Also, if the season started when Mogga took over, we’d be 12th with 45 points, six points off a play-off place and 12 points off the top. We’d be 19pts clear of the bottom three. I think that indicates how far we have come since he has taken over.
    When you consider some of the points we have dropped and games we have lost, it really wasn’t out of the question that we could have challenged for the play-offs this season. Three or four more wins and we’d have been right up there.

  2. I was in the BJ Stand on Monday and when we went one down the mood was still upbeat. We expected to come back. We expected to win. Even in cyberspace the mood is positive.
    By the way, I was ejected from the stand just before half time and couldn’t get back in. I’m not a naughty boy, really!
    **AV writes: I think you were kicked out for suggesting I was swigging psychedelic mushroom soup. Or maybe for laughing at the Big Fat Gypsy Wedding jokes. It will all be on the CCTV.

  3. Certainly been a huge swing in fortunes, we had turned collapsing into an art form during the GS regimes.
    It wasnt just the fact we collapsed if the other team scored, we had got into the situation where if we didnt score then we almost gave up.
    Teams could come to the Riverside and sit tight secure in the knowledge we would implode. The run of poor home form last season starting the with the West Brom match typified the situation.
    I dont know which was worse, the West Brom or Blackpool drubbing. Probably the West Brom game because there was a chink of light, we had lost two games but away at a tough Bristol City in the league and at the place we must not mention in the League.
    The capitulation against West Brom seemed to drain belief from the side, the following defeats against Watford and Leicester were just so predictable.
    Now you darent leave early or switch off the radio because you expect us to come back and score.
    Lets hope for good results in the last two games, Cardiff are certainly owed some pain in the televised game but goodness knows who will be fit.
    Then it will be a matter of who stays and who goes.

  4. So we’ve gone from needing three goals for a point to two goals for a win.
    Yes I see the upward curve, yes I’m more optimistic for next season but I see a season of one step back, two steps forward.
    We certainly need to start more confidently and stop giving away cheap goals.
    Am soooo glad Mogga’s here, I don’t care if Gibbo maintains radio silence.

  5. Being slightly pedantic, we may have come back from 1 down to draw 3-3 with ipswich but werent we also 3-1 up at one stage..!

  6. Nows the time to start looking to next season.
    I really believe Smith has stablised the back and is a must for next season.
    If Forest get through via playoffs it will be easier for us.
    Kink is a good impact player for us and didnt cost a lot so i think he may be retained.
    The big question is Boyd and McDonald. Hopefully Boyd is doing enough to get some admirers at Forest with four in eight.
    McDonald is realy coming to the party now for whatever reason and right now it would be sad to see him go.
    Think Wheater flew the coop too soon, now warming the bench when he could have been part of the revival,but he wasnt to know.
    Arca also the best of him has come this season. There is an offer on the table up to him didnt think i would ever write this but would like him to stay.

  7. Nice goal from Kink but I think it will be his last for Boro. Maybe last game too. No real loss. He hasn’t done enough to keep him here and if we can flog him back to Europe then we should to free up funds.
    That will have been Andrew Davies last game too. He was OK as a stopgap (did well at Millwall) but has never been convincing, has more injuries than Evel Knievel and is on far too much money for us. Next stop Pools on loan for him I think.
    Was a poor game but Boro showed they can stumble through to nick it now. Under the ginger fella they were a disaster but Mogga has turned them from an awful team to an average one. Small mercies.

  8. Well we can start guessing on whose staying, going and maybe coming in now.
    I agree with Clive Road, cant see Davies staying, whether other players under contract who haven’t performed go or not will depend on finding willing buyers, no easy task.
    I’m praying that Boyd scores the winning goal for Forest in the play-off final.
    Mogga has been a much needed breath of fresh air, there’s nothing like a whiff of optimism to lift the spirits.

  9. Clive Road,
    I agree with you about Davies, too pricey and too many injuries.
    However, Kink has hardly been given a chance and I think we should keep him. He also nearly scored two against Barnsley – Heading just over and a curling shot just wide of top corner.
    Oh, and who was it who put the superb ball on McDonalds head for the equaliser?
    I know Arca has been player of the season overall and it would be great to keep him but McDonald cant be far behind him. Its not just his goals we would miss its his link play and work rate.
    Boyd can go and a deal keeping Paul Smith plus cash has to be sorted with Forest if poss.
    I know the wage bill must be slashed but it worries me who will go in the summer.

  10. Another comeback and you know what? We may be destitute, and may have a difficult summer wondering who is in or out (any news AV?) but I am acutally enjoying the football again, and not just the Navi! So it’s nailed on that I will renew.
    Yes, I agree with the statements made on Sat regarding the uselessness of our marketing strategy, ie there isn’t one, but in reality, the Boro marketing men are basically correct. If we are successful and winning and playing attractive football, the turnstiles will start to click once more, metaphorically speaking.
    Come and join me. You know you want to.

  11. Strange to be at match whereby lots of kisses were being blown to and from the pitch. By way of explanation all of Ben Gibson’s family who have a box behind me, were out in force demonstrating their pride and solidarity in the young man, who looked very calm and assured in his first appearance.
    Let us hope he progresses and has a good future at the club. One of those who may not was Kink who in my estimation was vying with Lita for being the worst player on the pitch. Then he comes up with a charming goal in the last minute, to give us a win which when all things considered, we do deserve, as retribution for all the late goals we have conceded.
    It makes a pleasant change to go home feeling elated than exasperated.
    As to the future, season ticket is renewed after last year’s sabbatical and a feeling of well grounded optimism that we have a manager who is realistic, astute, so players will come and go accordingly and we have to trust his decision making.
    Personally, I would like Smith to sign, he has not received enough credit for bringing stability and a cool assurance to the defence and for Arca to stay. He has not been well treated by the club until Mogga’s arrival and by the fans. An appeal to his loyalty and reluctance to leave the area would seem the only cards we have to tempt him.
    It seem obvious to say but a settled defence would be my primary requirement for next year and for what it is worth, the best centre back at the club is Rhys Williams – any doubts were resolved yesterday. Yes he made one mistake but that is a rarity since his return. Onwards and upwards I would suggest!!

  12. AV, I assume the key topic to hit the blog over the summer months will be the comings and goings at the club.
    The consensus seems to be that money will determine much of this activity.
    Are you able, without breaking too many confidences, to give a guesstimate of what each Boro earns?
    It’s a stab in the dark otherwise for most fans e.g. anyone suggesting ‘Davies is too expensive for us’ could present a far better argument if we know he’s on say five grand a week as opposed to fifteen thousand.
    It would be a sort of Fantasy Finances League and, I’m sure, would appeal greatly to us all but would have equal merit too.
    For example, how much does Kink earn? Eight grand p/w? Lita at twenty?
    To paraphrase Edmund Blackadder, ‘the long summer months will just fly by’.
    **AV writes: I think Kink will be on less, maybe £4k but yes Lita will be close to £20k. Davies is on Premier League money at Stoke, although admittedly it is back up defender PL money so certainly in the regio of £15k

  13. AV, a good post. Exactly what I feel at the moment. Not the greatest of matches but our patched up team is grinding results. Nice to see some optimism lurking in here!
    Denis –
    I agree that Paul Smith is a top goalie. We need him and Steele for a push for promotion next season. And a settled back four as you said. We have had 25 combinations this season. So we need a injury-free run next season.
    Bring in next season. Up the Boro!

  14. After seeing Boro live a few times recently my wish list will be for next season: McDonald and Emnes
    Bailey, Arca, Thomson, Taylor and Smallwood
    Bennett, Bates, Williams
    Smith and Steele
    I was very impressed indeed by young Smallwood.
    I we could we need to sell Boyd, Hoyte, Lita, Grounds, Flood and to return Davis to Stoke. But this is not slashing the wage bill enough. So perhaps McManus but only for money reasons – the same for Robson, too.
    I hope we finally address the right wing dilemma – we need a right-footed midfielder there. Also a striker is needed if Forest (sorry for mentioning them, Smogon) keep Boydy.
    But we need a injury-free centre back as Rhys and Bates are too prone to miss a match every now and then.
    But it will be interesting summer coming. Up the Boro!

  15. Tim –
    Wheater is the replacement for Cahill who looks certain to leave Bolton in the summer.
    He has a good manager in Owen Coyle and the chance to establish himself in the premiership again and then move on to a bigger club.
    Of the players likely to leave I would guess at Davies – injuries, wages and the tendency to make a serious mistake would seem to rule against keeping him.
    Boyd can go, the team was never set up to get the best out of him and is unlikely to be so in the future. Miller can leave as well.
    Of the Tartan army I would like to keep Robson – I like his attitude, Thommo – not seen the best of him, McDonald – I think he is a clever player. McManus has had a poor season with injury but he is experienced and that will be useful. Wages may prove the deciding factor.
    Taylor, Arca and Hoyte are on good money. Taylor and Arca are at contracts end so may move on for better packages. Hoyte just hasnt convinced.
    Then there are the young players others may bid for. We do not know the finances but decent offers will test the clubs resolve.
    Then there are the others. Lita – dont know what his wages are but he is infuriating or unplayable. Emnes – always liked him but needs some end product on a regular basis, sidelined by both previous regimes but has appeared to bulk up, if Swansea go up they may come in for him.
    Kink, Flood and Halliday have not played enough for us to make a judgement though Mogga will have made his mind up.
    I suppose the bottom line will be the bottom line. It may be that next season is about consolidation and seeing how it goes. There are enough young players who can grow over a season or two.

  16. I see the MFC website has started its process to identify the player of the season.
    Given the disrupted nature of this term – in all senses – I think it’s pretty difficult to identify a candidate on a season long basis.
    Anyone got any suggestions?

  17. Agree with everything you say AV. There is a new mentality with the squad which we have not seen for a long time.
    As for the close season. I feel we will say goodbye to the following, some glad to see the back of (hopefully) and some with regret;
    Flood, Arca, Tavares, Emnes, Davies, Kink, Lita, Hoyte, Boyd, McManus, Digard, Taylor.
    We will also have to fend off bids for some of our younger players i.e. Bennett, Williams, Park, Smallwood, Bates, Hinds etc and that may be difficult to do.
    Next season’s success will depend entirely on how Mogga can build and shape his squad and how much backing Gibbo can give him.
    Interesting that now it is season ticket renewal time the Silence of the Lamb is deafening. Could it be that he now regrets dismissing the season ticket money a few years ago!!!

  18. Rob –
    Missed Tavares and Haas from my deliberations.
    I think Digard is out of contract at the end of the season, even if he isnt he will not be here.

  19. Ian –
    Didier Digard came in on a four-year contract that started in July 2008. So he has a year to run his contract and I am afraid that Boro is still paying most of his wages there. Cannot see him signing permanently for Nice though.
    You are right – he won’t play here. But we lose money there if we don’t see Mogga’s magic again with Digard.
    Up the Boro!

  20. Lets hope the fans show their support at home next season with a healthy increase in the attendance.
    A little bit disapointed with the crowd at the last two home games, just nudging the 16,000 mark, especially with the way we have been playing lately. I know Rome wasn’t built in a day, so the stay aways need to be wooed back.
    Hopefully next season we can hit the ground running and keep the attendances above the 20’000 mark.
    Positive Season Ticket sales will also define who stays and who goes and who Mogga buys.
    I think Lita, Boyd, Digard, Arca and possibly Haas should move on, which should reduce the wage bill considerably

  21. With another watershed summer of transfer dealings on the horizon, I think I would divide the senior squad into four malleable categories: Must Keep, Prefer To Keep, Prefer Not To Keep, and Must Go. I would divide them as follows:
    Must Keep
    R Williams, Bennett
    Prefer To Keep
    Smith, Steele, Bates, Hines, Taylor (on reduced terms), McMahon, Zemmama, Thomson, Bailey, Robson, Arca (on reduced terms), Kink, McDonald, Emnes, Franks, Park, L Williams, Coyne, Ripley
    Prefer Not To Keep
    McManus, Davies, Grounds, Haas, Hoyte, Tavares, Flood, Lita
    Must Go
    Boyd, Digard
    That would be my basic break-down heading into a summer of cost cutting, with the focus bieng on removing the players in the latter two groups (Tavares, Davies, Haas and Flood should be very easy to remove given that they’re either on loan or out of contract) – but it’s a changeable list dependent on circumstances, and there are groups within groups.
    Emnes for instance has probably not offered Gibson’s “value for money”, and would be at the lower end of the players I’d rather keep. Ditto Kink, and, because of his wages also McDonald. I’d prefer to keep them all, however, because I think there’s more to come from them.
    I would also say that players can move groups if they attract good bids. If, for arguments sake, Liverpool bid £2m for Cameron Park, then he would move into the Prefer Not To Keep group.
    I suppose, ultimately, everything depends on how big a cost reduction the club want to undertake in a single transfer window. If they want to cut the wage bill in half, as has been suggested, then they will probably have to shift all the high earners out, somehow. I’d be surprised if that was the plan, if for no other reason than I think it’ll be impossible.
    If they’re happy to lose £5m from the wage bill, then they can probably achieve that by removing the loanees and contract expirees as well as Digard and Boyd (minus the cheaper replacments).
    Like the football these days, at least it won’t be boring.

  22. Looking at the message boards on who to keep and who to move on this is my assessment.
    MIDDLESBROUGH SQUAD: GOALKEEPERS
    • Paul Smith –sign him on as a priority
    • Danny Coyne-release
    • Jason Steele
    • Connor Ripley –send him out on loan
    MIDDLESBROUGH SQUAD: DEFENDERS
    • Justin Hoyte –move on
    • Matthew Bates-keep-will stay as past injuries make him a risk for other clubs to sign
    • Stephen Mcmanus-move on
    • Andrew Davies –return to stoke
    • Jonathan Grounds-keep
    • Sebastian Hines-keep
    • Rhys Williams-keep-needs an injury free season to prove fitness for any club to sign him
    • Andrew Taylor-sign him on
    • Joe Bennett-keep another season
    • Anthony Mcmahon-keep
    • Haas-move on
    • Ben Gibson-send out on loan
    MIDDLESBROUGH SQUAD: MIDFIELDERS
    • Maximilian Haas
    • Merouane Zemmama
    • Kevin Thomson-starting to show that his passing football wins matches
    • Nicky Bailey-keep
    • Willo Flood-move on
    • Barry Robson-move on
    • Andrew Halliday-keep
    • Julio Arca-sign him on he makes the midfield tick
    • Richard Smallwood-keep
    • Bruno Pilatos-keep
    • Mickael Tavares-move on
    • Cameron Park-keep
    MIDDLESBROUGH SQUAD: FORWARDS
    • Scott Mcdonald-keep
    • Kris Boyd-move on if we can swap with smith
    • Tarmo Kink-move on
    • Leroy Lita-move on
    • Luke Williams-keep
    • Jonathan Franks-send out on loan
    • Marvin Emnes-keep

  23. Does anyone know if Degard has been injured at Nice this season? How many games he has played there?
    Up the Boro!

  24. We seem to be getting very enthusiastic about pushing for promotion next season. If we are honest with ourselves and compare this Boro team with the worst teams in the a Premiership, we can not say that we could compete even with those teams battling relegation this season, so why would we want to be back in the Premiership so soon?
    Mogga needs five years at least to fashion a team mainly from the Accademy players and some very astute buying on his part to be able to compete in the Premiership.
    The next five years will I hope allow Mogga to get the team he wants and not have to play players chosen by another manager who was totally incompetant. We should be happy to have a successful middle to top of table Champinship team for the next few years at least.
    Playing in the Pemiership is not the be all and end all of football in England, even though it is the highest rewarding league financially.
    I am sure there are many Boro supporters who would enjoy their football seeing their team winning most of their matches in the Championship rather than being one of the bottom teams and losing most weeks in Premiership.
    Boro’s good form in recent weeks is a great joy to most fans but I think the average fan at the Boro being well versed in football realises that we are not Premiership quality, but middle of the road Championship material,

  25. “If we are honest with ourselves and compare this Boro team with the worst teams in the a Premiership, we can not say that we could compete even with those teams battling relegation this season, so why would we want to be back in the Premiership so soon?”
    Bigger crowds, better atmosphere, better quality of football, the prospect of winning a cup competition, money, and a promotion party just for starters.
    Look at Blackpool. They’ve probably got the worst squad the Premiership has ever seen, and they’ve at least been competitive.
    Let’s get to the Premiership first then worry about whether we are good enough or not. I don’t think teams are really in the position of picking and choosing when they go up – if we get the chance next season, we should grab it.
    **AV writes: “How Soon Is Now?”

  26. Lets not even mention the playoffs as we only got better when we stopped talking about it.
    Disagree slightly with us not wanting to go up just yet.
    TM probably will agree with this after his time with West Brom even though he wasnt there for the final part of the plan.
    They were up and down like a yo yo for a few seasons recieving promotion and relagation payments as they went which allowed them to build slowly and finaly this season have secured safety relativly early.
    I would imagine they genrated more football related income in those few seasons than most lower half premier league sides did, a very hairy strategy but could work.The point being providing you bounce back immediatly you dont have to sell off so many stars.

  27. BoroPhil –
    Agree with your 9:46 post.
    I just don’t think anyone should be saddling Mogga with the expectation of promotion next term (and I know you’re not) – especially if his summer rebuild proves to be as challenging as it very well might be with his room for manoeuvre severely curtailed.
    That could leave us stuck with quite a few of the expensive misfits and misfiring that we’d rather be rid of and having had to sell some of the better Academy products.
    I’m pleased to see that Gibbo, in his latest pronouncements, is very much avoiding the ‘promotion’ trap.
    The season after next may well be the one to revive those loftier ambitions – unless Mogga does exceptionally well, we get lucky, things fall our way and we get a shot at it next year.
    In which case, as you say, we’ll take it if we can get it and worry about how to cope, sustainably, later. Those are the nice problems to have!
    Whenever we go up, we might also have to go through a few seasons of ‘yo-yo’ as we had to the first time round before we build up the resource to stick in The Prem for an extended run again.
    Answering my own question from earlier, I also agree with you that Arca’s the only credible choice for Player of the Season. And I didn’t think I would be saying that before this strange, disrupted season started.
    On a different topic, entirely, just how incongruous was it to see Stricken on the touchline at the Bernabeu last night, presuming to pontificate on how Barcelona operate!

  28. I Agree with your comments Boro Phil but that does not mean we could be competitive with this team in the Premiership as it stands.
    Give Mogga a few years to build on what he has already achieved. and maybe we can then compete and stay up in the Premiership for an extended run – but if by some miracle we had achieved Premiership status this season I am sure we would be back in the Championship the following season.
    We need a hard core of players who are Premiership quality players, with the remainder of sufficient potential to be quick learners and be able to improve their overall performances at the top level. No one in his right mind would suggest we have this sort of squad at present. but maybe in a few years time we could have.
    The damage done to this club can not be erased in a short period of time. The confidence level of the present team has undergone a spirited recovery under Mogga, after tha savaging it received from Strachan.
    How some one can employ Strachan as a football pundit is in the realms of fantasy as far as I am concerned.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s