GO ON then…. give me your apocalyptic ‘typical Boro’ D-Day double decider scenario. There’s literally hundreds of possible permutations of calamitous cock-ups, creative chipped shoulder conspiracies and poor innocent victim of the shifting sands of football fate to chose from. Here’s mine:
Boro win. They come from two down to claw level. Barry Robson gets sent off in a first half touchline face-off with football bouncer Sean Dyche – a three game ban means John Terry style he will miss the play-off final if Boro get there – and one time five minute flop John Eustace nets twice… but somehow the ten men battle back before Justin Hoyte scores a “worldie” (a cross drifts in ) and super-sub Kevin Thomson levels (then limps off injured) before Curtis Main cracks in a last minute winner to spark an ecstatic EIO.
Meanwhile, Palace’s game with Cardiff has kicked off late after the mascot eagle escapes from the pre-match hawking display and takes up residence on the roof of the main stand, occasionally swooping to attack cheerleaders, small children and voles.
The game starts belatedly and Palace score from a set-piece and miss a penalty then dig in to defend for 88 minutes. With Boro fans anxiously waiting 15 minutes after the whistle at Vicarage Road and with time running out it looks like we are home and dry and set to slap Fat Sam’s bagpuss jowls around en route to Wembley. Yesssss.
But the Palace game goes agonising into unprecedented stoppage time and on 99 minutes a familiar figure struts clear of his marker on the left to fire a shot that deflects off the ref and bobbles in off the post. Noooooooooooooo.
But remember, other disaster scenarios are available. What’s yours