TWO minutes from history…. as discussed previously, mighty Boro stand on the verge of an unwanted record. The current bunch of shot-shy wasters have forced us to endure a 525 minute goal drought and have closed in on Gareth Southhgate’s relegation-bound faint-hearts who managed 527 minutes (a mark reached with a 0-0 draw with Wigan – the day Cattermole crocked Digard – on this very day in 2009 incidentally).
If they can manage to not score before 68 minutes, then they will take the all time all competitions record of 593 minutes set in August and September 1978.
Anyway. let’s have a sweep stake.
Will the law of averages kick in and set Boro to a goal fest with Danny Graham getting off the mark on three minutes? Will one “go in off someone’s arse” and open the floodgates? Will Lee Tomlin score a sizzling debut goal to sweep away the gloom? Former Leeds man Jonathan Woodgate to bundle home from a corner? Former transfer target Ross McCormack to run riot before Boro grab a late consolation on 69 minutes? The possibilities are endless. Maybe Shay will come up in stoppage time to head home a fairytale final bromantic snog of a goal.
Project your own bias onto this blank canvas of unwritten semi-derby uncertainty and tell me what is goin gto happen. Who will score for us? Against us? And who will get sent off? Someone always gets sent off.
Me, I’m going for Boro to score early…. but not early enough to prevent this side bearing a mark of shame. I’ll go for Boro to win 1-0 with Graham scoring after 11 minutes. Leadbitter to get pedalled on 78 for a second yellow. (The ref is the same bloke that showed three reds and seven yellows and sent off two of their’s plus Tony Mac in a game in August 2011 at Elland Road where there wasn’t a really bad tackle all game.)
Here’s my team.
I know Karanka said he wouldn’t start Tomlin in the press conference but he said the same about Danny Graham before Blackburn and I don’t think he has any choice if he wants to change the dynamics up front. Beside’s Tomlin has trained with the side for three weeks now and is raring to go.
I also think he will go with Whitehead and Leadbitter as his two holding players with Chalobah on the bench – he can play at centre-back so can cover for any knacks there. I think he would be preferred to Hines. But what do i know?