HAPPY birthday Boro… Red Faction set the mood for the club’s 140th anniversary with a super set piece spectacular display and the team responded with a great display. The first win of the season put a cherry on the top of a good week that yielded four points and lifted Boro back up to a healthy spot on the point a game survival trajectory. Excellent.
Here’s my colour bit in which I hail the Red Faction and award them the man of the match bubbly. Well deserved. They have been brilliant in the past few years.
And here’s my player ratings for the game. I expected flak for giving my top mark to Victor Valdes but it seems to have met with general approval. There have been a a few quibbles on one of two of the other marks though. What do you think?
What we said before the game….
BORO have to build on the Arsenal euphoria by beating Bournemouth. They have to cash in the feelgood dividend from fans after a morale-boosting display of steely resolve and *almost* potent counter-attacking punch. Much improved Boro were a whisker away from kick-starting the season with a famous victory. It was a game that hinted at promise if they could only tweak the sharp end a fraction. But now it is time to make that count.
A draw will leave Boro chugging along in the slow lane, watching in the rear-mirror for any one of the strugglers putting on a spurt and scouring other results and making complex calculations and points projections for ‘three teams worse than us’. But a win will catapult Boro back up onto the all important point a game survival curve.
It will take us up to the 10 games mark. It is time to win at home. It is time to kick-start the season. The Red Faction are planning a biggest ever set-piece spectacular display before kick-off. The fans have been brilliant so far but had little to show for their emotional investment at home up to now. Ben Gibson has urged the supporters to create a hostile atmosphere with a huge Riverside Roar. It is time for the team to provide a spark for that explosive noise and colour with the taste of victory at the Riverside.
Usual drill….. predict away. I’m going for a 2-0 Boro win. It won’t be easy mind.