Boro: The Week Ahead
The coming seven days see Boro travel to Bournemouth on Saturday and host Sunderland. Both are must wins but we have been saying that for a while.
If the Arsenal game had been earlier in the season, we would all have been cheerful for the remainder of the year, but for too long now we have showed endeavour.
The simple fact is we do not have the quality to compete at this level. Not wanting to single out players but Antonio Barragan did not show the desire to get back into place. This is from a simple lack of concentration needed at this level to compete in the Premier League.
As I mentioned last week, Arsenal have the quality and they punished us. It was incredibly lazy piece of play. Would Ensue have done the same?
Boro pushed for the equaliser and probably deserved something out of the game as the brother-in-law Arsenal fan admitted over a beer. At this stage of the season it is not enough. I have the towel in hand ready to throw.
The coming seven days see us face Bournemouth and Sunderland. Karanka's legacy has been his structure. We have a goal difference of -16 goals, nearly half of Hull and Swansea. Right, there is Steve Agnew's invitation to completely take off the shackles. Go all out gung ho! Why not!
Bournemouth have only won two since December (beat Swansea 3-0, there is a curse in there somewhere). They are low on confidence. We should take some confidence from the fact that we rattled Arsenal (forget the form they are in). If Steve Agnew wants the job, keep us in the Premier League by whatever means necessary. Play Downing and Traore as full backs, play the young Finnish lad Soisalo, recall Chapman, and start Stuani, Bamford, Negredo and Gestede.
Safe travels to the dedicated Boro fans. Make yourselves heard!
*Remember Leicester only moved off the bottom of the table last weekend two years ago.*
Onwards to "The Derby" against Sunderland. Some consolation to this season has been there demise and doing the double over our closest rivals would give some satisfaction. While it may not mean much come the end of the season it's another must win game for simple bragging rights. Who knows it could jump start run in or all been well two wins in a week?!
As always UP THE BORO