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  1. He's out for 3 months with a hamstring injury... ...sounds even more perfect!
  2. I like Besic in the team, he can gives us the odd special moment, but it's a good time to rest him. Would like to see Saville get 60 mins and Wing 30. Have a feeling we'll sneak this one 2-1 again.
  3. If you added Traore to the best defence in the Championship, just imagine... that team would be 10 points clear at the top! He did manage to battle his way into Wolves' first team, but then they lost against Brighton and he was dropped to the bench. He is getting plenty of action coming on as an impact sub so no chance he moves any time soon.
  4. I think it’s a combination of things. We used to get the 100% accurate team sheet on here a day before kick off under the Mowbray era thanks to VB. The forum has undoubtedly lost that air of being ‘in the know’. Also, as others have said, there is a certain amount of apathy around the Boro at the moment, after we toiled for so long to get back in the Premier League only to have the most terribly unenjoyable time of it. Plus nowadays there’s too much intolerance for other people’s opinions on here and too much petty point scoring between members which no-one enjoys at all. Personally, I’d like a feature where we could temporarily vote off squabbling members from a thread - introducing a ‘shut up, no-one cares’ button, for when the pointless point scoring just gets too much. If this was all taking place in a pub, clearly some people would be told ‘stop being a **** and let other people talk’ or ‘you two, take it outside’. At its heart, this is still a great place and the meet ups epitomise that. If you haven’t been to one please do as it’s well worth the effort.
  5. Spurs supposedly interested in Dack - that ship has sailed! Let's file it in the missed opportunities folder along with Maguire and Matic. Plus, if we sign any more central midfielders I am going to cull myself.
  6. There's only one thing for it now - ultimate Pulisball ------------------ Randolph ---------------- --Fry --- Batth --- Ayala -- Flint --- Friend -- ------------------- Clayton --------------------- ------- Howson -- Besic -- Downing ------ -------------------- Hugill ---------------------
  7. It's happening..! Did anyone else notice that in the goal celebrations Hugill attempted to blast the ball into the net and hit it over the bar :funny:
  8. I think there were more comments on this match when the draw was made than there are now a day before kick off... a sign of the times. But just to say, if we win we will be one of eight teams in the QUARTER FINALS! It could happen, Palace's season isn't going great so far and the league is their only priority. Maybe, just maybe, if remaining heavy weights ***nal, Spurs, City and Chelsea all draw each other along the way we might have a route through to the final. Let's win our trophy back... UTB P.S. Sorry to be a stickler but this is the 4th round, can we update the thread title to accommodate my OCD - thank you :D P.P.S Hope all's ok Beardy. You've got us all hooked on 'Beard Watch' and 'Tip of the Beard', now we're in withdrawal!
  9. You’re right - but we’ll set up to ‘stifle them’!
  10. As we all know, Pulis’ philosophy is to pack the back line with defensively minded giants. Lots of valid points on the wing back positions but Shotton/Friend will always get the nod whilst Tony’s in charge. Braithwaite just has to start as they’ll most park the bus and we need some talent on the pitch. For that reason I’d also have Wing playing too, as he can run with the ball and pick a forward pass, but can’t see it happening unfortunately.
  11. You’re right, but I’m looking at things differently. If we get promoted with this squad, I personally think we’d fair worse than the PL season with Karanka. With AK we had a settled system and it always felt like we were only a few short of a team capable of a survival challenge. This season’s formation and team sheet is chaotic, not a core nucleus/system for us to build on like those teams that have managed to solidify their PL status. I’d rather us have a plan and make good progress to building a strong to team to last, even if it takes 2-3 seasons. I really hope to be proved wrong, we stick with the 5-3-2, give youth a chance along the way, and add some quality wing back signings in Jan - that would be exciting.
  12. Tony loathes to change his defenders, especially his trusty full backs (they’re definitely not wing backs - they’re barely full backs!). So even if Shotton is partially crocked, Tony will want his defensive physicality. He obviously doesn’t trust McNair in that role. Braithwaite in for Besic, who’s run himself into the ground. It’s got to be this lineup, hasn’t it? ---------------- Randolph ---------------- ---------- Ayala -- Flint --- Fry ----------- -- Shotton ---------------------- Friend -- ------------------ Clayton --------------- -------- Howson ----- Downing -------- ---- Assombalonga -- Braithwaite ----
  13. We are Boro. We make daft buys. We flit between spending lots with no strategy, then spending little and playing negatively. Burnley/Bournemouth should be our model. Back a good manager that’s a good fit with the club and stick with a system. Bring our youth in as we go.
  14. Hopefully the competition between Britt and Hugill can only improve their performances. It's an energy sapping role, so can easily see them rotating after 65 minutes each match. Will be interesting to see how Gestede fits in to the equation when he's match fit.
  15. Good stats Foogle! "Unbeaten against the top 6" without conceding is mightily impressive, a world away from last season. Hopefully the goals will come. It should be possible if Braithwaite/Howson/Saville/Downing/Besic are given license to get forward.
  16. 3rd round tonight, then 4th round, then the quarter finals. I wonder what round we'd have to get to before we field a first choice team... quarters probably. UTB.
  17. Prowler, Red Rocket, Trekkers, ETO, Curtis Fleming to name a few are all nice people to get to know face to face, we have had some great meet ups in the past yet sadly they are infrequent posters now. I obviously wasn't nice to meet up with then :crying: :crying: Will I class you now as a regular and fully expect you to get to the Six Medals on Saturday and as I said all I did was to name a few :) Also I should include Boro Badger, Boksicdink, Boro in Bishop, Misterweed and loads of others, great guys and the most important aspect is that they support MFC Hope to see you all again soon
  18. One of the best results of last night's win is that BU is on for another MDT!
  19. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have Pulis thrust upon them. The fans doth protest too much, hethinks. Love it BU - Uppeth the Boro!
  20. Pulis' comments from today's press conference are much more positive . "There’s good competition now and hopefully we’re in a better place than we were last year when I came in" "We’ve got a good group of players that if we get injuries, if we get a drop in form or suspensions, we’ve got enough depth now to cover those situations.” Contrast that to what he was saying previously: "we know we have to bring players in, that group is not good enough to get us promoted." “It’s a smashing group, but it’s not good enough to get us promoted. We need to add to the group.” Since he said that, we added Hugill, Besic, McQueen, Saville and Batth. All good additions to the squad, but maybe only Besic and Saville will expect to be regular starters. I wonder if these incoming players really have made that much difference in Pulis' mind, or whether he's just putting a positive spin on transfer dealings. It's hard to tell with Pulis.
  21. Did you leave this thread open because my incredible joke satisfied you so much? This thread can't be closed until the mystery of the pressure cooker is solved! As a keen cook, I can't fathom its use... My question must be answered before this thread can close! Otherwise it's time for the 'Pressure Cooker Mentioned Before The Transfer Thread Is Closed Thread Was Closed Thread' to see the light of day. I'm sure I have seen that picture elsewhere before. Without sounding harsh (as that oven is buggered) I hope that is a picture of SmogDane's kitchen, but I don't think it is unfortunately! BD you have been rumbled!
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