A Corner Turned?
Friday nights victory at the Riverside was as solid and assured a home victory as we have seen all season and in isolation the result acts purely as sturdy platform in which to build on in the remaining 12 fixtures of the season.
However with consistency being something which is increasingly hard to come across within the top 4 it leads to an extremely tense promotion run in for all of the current promotion contenders.
The 2-1 victory over Wolves was an outstanding team performance with all members of the team providing a solid performance and carrying out the managers strategy to the word. Particular credit goes to the likes of Emilio Nsue, Adam Clayton, Adam Forshaw, Ramirez and Adomah who epitomised the focus and work ethic required to form a solid defensive base but then transforming defence into attack in a series of swift movements - something which mediocre Wolves struggled to handle.
Credit must also be handed to Jordan Rhodes who despite not getting in the scoresheet performed the thankless task of leading the attacking line and providing a constant presence against the Wolves defence to unsettle and distract them over 90 minutes.
Middlesbrough's upcoming games against Rotherham and Charlton do however provide an extremely challenging couple of games in the promotion run-in. Despite the sides seemingly being the main characters in a relegation sub-plot it is exactly these sorts of games where Boro need to be on their guard and ensure they do not take their opportunities lightly.
With the home teams likely to "park the bus" it is essential that Middlesbrough's creative talents are firing on all cylinders in order to avoid another potential banana skin in 2 games which can only be viewed as a "must-win" in a promotion race which is shaping up to be every bit at tight as last seasons infamous run-in.