The Final 9: First stop on the gold road to promotion

The gold road’s sure a long road, winds on through the hills for fifteen days.

The Final 9: First stop on the gold road to promotion

Aitor Karanka’s men will be hoping for Fools Gold tonight as they kick off this mouth-watering month of football that stands in the way of automatic promotion or play-off lottery.

Tonight Middlesbrough come up against a rejuvenated QPR side under the management of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, the first of eight massive games taking place in April.

But everyone knows that gold’s just around the corner, and thanks to David Nugent’s vital injury-time winner against Hull last time out Boro have provided themselves with a platform to build on in the final hurdle. For two of Burnley, Brighton, Boro and Hull breakdown’s coming up round the bend with only nine games of the campaign left.

Coaches, players and fans will all be on edge as the end of the season draws near. That’s why with the last international break of the season over and done with, it’s time for everyone at the club to put any differences aside and focus on getting the job done.

Sometimes you have to try to get along, and this is most certainly one of those times. Now is a time where things look like they might be starting to fall back into place.

With Daniel Ayala back in the fold and likely to go straight into the starting eleven after his annual injury setback, Karanka has practically a full-squad to choose from, barring the usual suspects.

Following tonight’s game, three home matches in a row will provide Boro with a take it or leave it option. Win all three and promotion is there for the taking, but make a mess of it and the club will only have themselves to blame.

Boro hold talks with players following confrontation at Newport

Boro hold talks with players following confrontation at Newport

Multiple claims of the players confronting fans at the Newport game emerged on social media which forced Boro to take action.

"They get paid good money to play a game of football" - Tony Pulis

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis pulled no punches in the aftermath of seeing his team dumped out of the FA Cup by League Two side Newport.

Confused right now: Will the real Middlesbrough Football Club please stand up?

Confused right now: Will the real Middlesbrough Football Club please stand up?

I can honestly say I’ve never been so confused about how I feel right now.

George Saville bullish after Middlesbrough win at West Brom

George Saville bullish after Middlesbrough win at West Brom

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis also expressed his appreciation for the striker Britt Assombalonga who played a crucial role in the comeback.