Last night represented a golden opportunity for Boro to create some daylight between themselves and their rivals with a win against struggling opposition, but a Neil Warnock inspired Rotherham ensured it was another evening of frustration and dismay as Boro wasted several first half chances at the New York stadium.
Karanka had warned that this would be one of the most difficult games and maybe fans shouldn’t have been too surprised by the result, given that 2016 has seen Boro drop points away to strugglers Bristol City, Mk Dons and Blackburn.
With the squad Boro now have and the quality they possess, it should not be a surprise that teams will come and set their team up to be disciplined and difficult to beat. Warnock’s Rotherham scrapped, fought, chased and on occasions spoiled their way to a smash and grab victory against the Boro but it needn’t have been that way had David Nugent converted his chances in a first half that Boro seemed in total control of.
All is not lost and there’s everything to play for but with Burnley hitting form and winning again last night and the Friday night showdown with Hull City lurking, the Charlton match is now of massive significance. Hopefully Boro will regroup and get back to winning ways but they’ll need to cure their stuttering form against the Championship’s so called strugglers.
Charlton next, convert our chances, win handsomely, win ugly, however it comes Boro need to win!!