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It was a case of so near yet so far for Middlesbrough this season in the Championship as they appeared destined to finish in the automatic promotion places only to narrowly miss out and lose 2-0 in the playoff final to Norwich City.
Having joined Chelsea from Nottingham Forest in January of 2012 for a fee believed to be around £1.5 million, Patrick Bamford is yet to start a first team game for the club.
With just 7 fixtures remaining of the regular Championship season, Middlesbrough are perfectly placed to mount a serious attempt at gaining automatic promotion, back to the Premier League.
Middlesbrough travel to Bournemouth this weekend for the early kick-off in the Championship, in a match that sees two of the top three go head-to-head.
Goals scored could be the deciding factor in determining who wins promotion to the Premier League this season and Boro have been in short supply of them compared to their rivals.
Middlesbrough go into their FA Cup fourth round tie with Manchester City as the huge underdogs to come away from the Etihad Stadium with a result.
Being a Boro fan has its ups and downs at times. But the one constant you can rely on when you head down to Riverside is value for money.
Middlesbrough should be applauded for striking upon the perfect approach to tackling a Championship campaign.
Not to get too far ahead of ourselves, but it's now in reach. There are just two more games until Father Christmas arrives and we could find ourselves with the best of presents: a nosebleed on Christmas day.
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