Record Breaking Awayday Heroes Roll On

TONY Mowbray’s history making awayday heroes continued to skittle records as they sank the Clarets with a steely show and a flash of teeth.


Boro’s battling 2-0 win at Turf Moor was a new club record fifth successive away victory in the league. Stretching back to last season the sizzling sequence now includes Hull, Cardiff, Leeds, Barnsley and Burnley. Four of those finished above us last year. And all of them were emphatic victories that were fully deserved.
In all competitions the run is even more impressive: Boro have now won SEVEN away games on the trot, a feat unprecedented since Boro turned professional in 1899. That’s an incredible feat at any level.
On top of that Boro gained revenge for the one blip in an otherwise staggering upward graph since the Mogganaut started to roll. Boro went into the game having lost just one in 19 games: that one was at Burnley when they were battered back in April. That stain has now been erased. In style.
But it was tough at Turf Moor. It was a real battle. It was a fiesty, fractious, simmering affair with tackles flying in, injries, heads clashing, tempers close to boiling point and more than once a wisp of the red mist appeared.
Joe Bennett more than once looked to have lost his rag after losing the ball. He was caught out of position or lost possession – there was one awful backward header that almost set up Austin – and was getting frustrated. He was given a torrid time in the first half by Ross Wallace and Kieran Trippier and was steaming mad at times. Several times he went furiously chasing after lost ball to put in rash tackles. Even after he was shown a yellow card he was walking a very fine line.
Nicky Bailey too. He not only got away with some hefty challenges in the engine room when Boro were under the cosh but he also was lucky to escape a caution after man-marking the ref, yapping and arguing over decisions as the game got really fiesty.
That those two both scored their first goals for the club was a delicious irony – or, if you were a Burnley fan, a stinging kick in the teeth.
Bailey’s opener after 10 minutes was well worked, Robson marauding down the left to cross for Haroun to nod on and Hoyte to neatly cushion back to the edge of the box where Bailey leant to crack an awkward looking volley that skidded through the box and squeezed inside the far post.
Bennett’s goal to seal it soon after the interval was testament to his determination. He surged forward and weaved past two challenges then pushed it outside to McDonald but kept on running and when the Aussie’s shot was blocked by the keeper and rebounded slightly behind the path of Bennett who did well to hook it home.
It wasn’t a great game. It was scrappy, ragged and tetchy and Boro were rarely allowed to play expansive football. But it was still a polished performance. Boro sat deep and conceded possession and invited Burnley to try and break them down, and despite some jittery moments as they struggled to clear their lines early on, that never looked likely. As the game wore on Boro looked ever more organised and comfortable and even in the now mandatory late assault by a desperate opposition it never looked likely that the hard-working unit would crack .
An early injury to Stephen McManus – he’s OK folks, just taken off as a precaution after a painful kick – forced a reshuffle as Haroun came on and Williams slotted into central defence as Boro switched to their now potent looking three at the back with wing-backs and once again it worked. Five in the rearguard helped take the sting out of the Burnley attack when defending and Bennett and Hoyte added width when Boro went forward.
Burnley had a lot of the ball but did little with it. They got it wide but couldn’t find a killer cross. They had little penetration in the box. They were a shadow of the play-off chasers with blistering pace who battered Boro last year. They had one real chance that Carl Ikeme went full length to save superbly in the second half.
Boro in contrast looked solid, compact and absorbant at the back and far more striuctured and dangerous on the break and Marvin Emnes should really have sealed it after being released by a finely weighted Hoyte ball. .
Still, shouldn’t grumble. We know that we will have to grind some games out and not every game will be like watching Brazil. Three points, a record breaking run rumbles on, we were top of the table briefly (again) before Southampton and Brighton got late goals to nudge back ahead, and the supporters had a great day out (again.)
The Mogganaut rolls on…

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120 thoughts on “Record Breaking Awayday Heroes Roll On

  1. Agree settle for a draw on Saturday but could win due to them having played a hard game in mid week.
    A win in the cup would surly give a home draw for a change. A big club and a big crowd would be nice.
    On the injury topic I think the length of some of our injuries have been poor, ie Digard, Thomson, Williams, Bates to name few.
    We seemed to have more long term injuries in the past. Yes we now have Steel and Thomson and now Franks but they will be back and play a part in this season where as the other were out for all or most of a season which touch wood hasnt happened so far.

  2. Don’t say you don’t get a nudge towards an interest in astronomy on this Blog. I mention it and, as if by magic, the photos appear in order to prove the point. You can understand why (some of) our ancestors worshipped the Moon when it shines so boldly… not to mention being the major cause of the tides.
    There is a debate as to whether we should move on to GEOLOGY (the craggy face hewn out of Redcar bedrock aeons – well decades -ago); PHYSICS (the bend on that shot showed the spin imparted on impact from the left boot…); MATHEMATICS (if we can win all our away games and either win or draw our home games, how likely are we to be promoted at the end of the season..?), or maybe LITERATURE (“A crisis of this magnitude required an Arthur, a leader with magnetism and one whose decisions always seemed lucky and right. Out of the fog appeared one whose roots dug deep into the soil..”).
    In the past we’ve had POETRY, with various HAIKU offerings, and MUSIC (if you call Punk or two-tone music….). As long as it’s not the economics of the football madhouse (again).
    The blog that hides its erudition behind a sense of humour……or sneaks out of the room to see if there’s any of that Pinotage left….
    **AV writes: I’ve just got back from watching the world premiere of the new symphony inspired by mightby Middlesbrough’s epic 1996/97 season performed by the Northern Sinfonia at the Town Hall. I’m part of Teesside’s chatteratti and cultural elite.

  3. Proud of you, Vic. I suppose you’ll be moving on to Beethoven and Wagner next.
    Your public expects a full critical analysis of the concert in this (or the next) thread. Maybe a big spread in the Gazette?
    The performance, the music (let’s be basic here – were there any good “tunes”?), any raw emotions sparked by the music? What did it FEEL like? Did you wear your dinner suit or was it a jeans and T-shirt job? Scran at the interval? Should be good for 2,000 words, and you might get promotion to be *cough* Arts Correspondent.
    Spread the word…music doesn’t only mean a scruffy group playing a few guitars and a set of drums!
    **AV writes: It was OK. They played with a flat (or possibly sharp) back four brass section and there was some superb timing, team-work and intricate movement between the various departments but I struggled to connect the symphony with any internal narrative that suggested the emotional dynamics of a match.
    There is a Shostakovich “football” symphony from the 1930s that portrays the struggle between the Stalinist Soviet Union and global capitalism as the ultimate knockout match. That really captures the dramatic tension of a dialectical unity of opposing forces, the contradiction of bitter polar rivals locked into a total war by all means neccessary but embraced within the agreed context of the rules of “the game”. Well, this wasn’t in the same league as that.
    Now I’m going to listen to very loud dubstep to claw back some credibility with the kids.

  4. Time gentleman please (remember that?)!
    This thread is descending into a distinct form of jibber jabber led by some of our more illustrious members. Time to keep yer eye on the ball and out of the orchestra pit (although the style of writing is first class).
    I heard whispers that the FA committee was secretly eyeing Mogga up for the next England manager’s job.
    UTB

  5. AV –
    You are not going to turn into one of those glory hunters off to the Proms rather than Boro Town Hall and pretending Land Of Hope and Glory and Rule Brittania have always been your favourite songs.
    Being old I dug out my vinyl copy of Five Bridges by Nice. One of all time favourites even though it is about Newcastle. For those who dont know it is a blend of rock, jazz and classical music, go on to YouTube and have a listen.
    Nice were a three piece band largely designed to showcase the keyboard talents of Keith Emerson. Excellent stage act who featured at Redcar Jazz Club along with many top bands of the time such as Free, Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall.
    Ayresome Park on saturday, Sunday nights at the Jazz Club were the highlights of the week.
    **AV writes: I can’t see me switching my music of choice from heavy dub reggae and the Sex Pistols anytime soon but I do know where Radio 3 is on the dial.

  6. Ian Gill –
    Nice. I recall seeing them in the late 60’s I think on the Isle of Wight. They recorded a great version of America (West Side Story) Keith Emmerson went on to be part of the magical Emmerson, Lake and Palmer. Brilliant musicians.
    Again from Memory, I think another Nice member went on to form Python Lee Jackson,who featured Rod Stewart on vocals. Lee Jackson was (according to my Newcastle born wife) a Geordie.
    Very much looking forward to my first Boro match of the season at Palace tomorrow. It’ll be nice (not the group) to be able to judge for myself at last how far the team has come under Mogga.

  7. AV –
    Totally appreciate that music tastes reflect the time you grew up.
    I obviously grew up in the best era because of the influence of Blues and Jazz that percolated down to the bands of the time influencing the likes of the Stones. I would rate John Mayall as the most influential British musician because his bands trained the likes of Clapton, McVie, Peter Green etc that spread throughout the British rock scene.
    But is he more important than three points at Palace. I have many recordings of him and have seen him live several times but a win at Palace would be something new and you have to look to the future.
    I agee with Len Masterman, get the result then tuck everyone in cotton wool. The danger is that injuries can occur at anytime.
    Golf buggies, treadmills, TV remotes seem as likely as during a match. Same goes for training. How often do the pre match pressers talk about so and so got a knock in training or tweaked a hammie.
    When Gazza talked about foreign players not liking to play twice a week wasnt it Festa who said he would rather play than train.
    When I was at school we would play rugby Sat and Wednesday plus practising Monday nights. I hated PE but would happily fill every spare minute playing football or rugby. I must admit I was not a highly tuned athlete and was never designed for speed, teaking a hamstring was highly unlikely.

  8. How far away are we from starting to think seriously about promotion?
    Already there? Another few unbeaten? Wait until we’re 12 games in? Not until after the January window? More? Has this cursed it?
    A few big games coming up including Palace, Reading and an improving Forest away, with Leicester the toughest looking of the home games. Maybe it’ll be the home form that will be the key.
    Twelve points from our next six league games (massive ask) and that will plenty enough for me to start sniffing the foamy fumes again.

  9. Borobythesea –
    Nice also recorded Intermezzo from the Karelia Suite and Brandenburg.
    You are right about Lee Jackson being a Geordie, a neat link to Five Bridges (commissioned by Toon Arts Festival) He formed Jackson Heights but I remember an interview he gave complaing about keith Emerson writing such tricky music for him to play AND having to sing.
    Looks like Thommo may be back for tomorrow, yet another midfielder. I wonder if we returned to seven subs Mogga would have the bench filled with midfielders?

  10. The Kinks, Beatles plus some of the Beach Boys and (let’s get a bit poncey here) Moody Blues, Fleetwood Mac and even Yes. And as soon as I press “send” I’ll think of someone else. But more, much more than these, and in a different genre, Joni Mitchell.
    Do I have to leave the Blog now I’ve made the disclosure?

  11. I can’t begin to pronounce that new fellas name.
    what rhymes with Nimely for a song?
    How about…..Oh Tony that signing was timely !
    We’ve got Alex Toomany Nimely!
    Cor Blimey! etc etc,

  12. It’s not a new record, Boro have won 5 consecutive away league games before. The final 5 away games of season 1986-1987 were wins against Blackpool, Carlisle, Bolton, Chester and Doncaster. I appreciate the point about including the end of last season, but my point is that the 5-in-a-row is not a new record.

  13. “Dubstep”, AV? What the hell’s that? *baffled*
    **AV writes: Dubstep is bass heavy, minimalist digitally manipulated dance music formed from samples, drum loops and whoooossssy bleepy bits best heard loud enough to make your ribcage vibrate.
    It evolved from garage and drum&bass. Now, as once intimidating technology is simplified (you can download a mixing desk good enough for a Pink Floyd album on your phone now) bedroom cultural pirates are using techniques similar in a lot of ways to reggae dub to remix and subvert the classics from lots of genres and give them an edgy contemporary feel. It’s a kind of Banksy approach to music. It’s officially the soundtrack to the riots.

  14. AV –
    Saw the headline “Boro to sign Manchester City striker” Who could that be I wondered? Tevez, Villa. Aquillo, Ballioteri? No it is er. Alex Tchuimeni – Nimely.
    Ah well sign of the times. Love to hear Alistair Brownlea pronounce that name!
    But do you know what I am really enjoying this season, I’ll be following the game on BBC Sport web page, almost as bad as Ceefax, tonight.
    UTB
    **AV writes: If you are following on-line don’t forget to open a window for twitter and follow via me (@untypicalboro) and join the crowd-sourcing fun by searching for #borolive

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