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Match Day Bournemouth v Middlesbrough, Saturday 22nd April 15:00

Discussion in 'MatchDay' started by SALTIRE, Apr 20, 2017 at 5:50 PM.

  1. SALTIRE

    SALTIRE SlĂ inte mhath! Staff Member Moderator Site Supporter

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  2. AFCB_Mark

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    We've managed to come out of a nightmare looking run of Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs with the gap to the bottom 3 exactly what it was before that run. Although last week dented our goal difference advantage slightly I suppose. But I'd have taken that before those games. And now we have a 5 game sprint to the finish, all against sides midtable or fighting relegation. With Boro and then Sunderland next week, we should be aiming for 4 points. The target from here must be to not only stay up (although 4 points should do that) but to beat last season's points total/final placing. We'll need a few wins to do that so it's far from a given, be it has to be the aim.

    The maths for 'Boro is looking increasingly bleak, with 6 to play for them they probably need 4 wins to overturn Hull or get close to us/Palace, and their remaining fixtures include some real toughies. They will have us down as one of the more winnable, and anything less than a win on Saturday all but confirms relegation for them I feel. I see they have goalkeeper Valdes out, with Guzan coming in, which may not help.

    How will Boro approach it then, they aren't known for their attacking. Do they remain cagey and defensive trrying to nick a 1-0, or do they at some point throw caution to the wind. First goal will likely be crucial, because if Boro get it they will hang on and squeeze us, we don't do well in that situation. If we can get the first goal, Boro will have no choice but to go for it and we'll very much like that situation.

    Sadly Jack Wilshere has gone now, and he leaves behind a bit of a central midfield injury crisis. Drew Surman is already out for the season, Dan Gosling has missed the last few games with a knock. That leaves Arter and...Lewis Cook who might finally get the start he deserves after a tough injury hit season. Coming off the back of captaining England U20s recently, I look forward to seeing what he can do. Next season will be big for him, so we may as well get him in now.
     
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    Stomped all over Boro. Should have been more but that'll do. Fantastic afternoon in the barmy Bournemouth sunshine :)
     
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    Figured this would be another classic 0-0 for Boro, so captained Ben Gibson because he has another game in midweek. Four fucking goals. Four. Have Boro conceded that much in a match all season? Against a team with nothing to play for? Useless c***.
     

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