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Who can take a Boro team

Who were playing poo

Have them winning matches

with a miracle or two?

Chris Wilder man

Chris Wilder can

Chris Wilder he can cause he plays attacking football, makes the players play good

Who just wants midtable

Not Chris no that's who

Start to win our matches

And the quality shines through?

Chris Wilder can?

Chris Wilder can

Chris Wilder can

Chris Wilder he can cause he plays attacking football, makes the players play good...

Stoke City v Middlesbrough

Saturday 11th December

bet365 Stadium

KO: 3pm

Get in! It happened! I didn't think it would, but believe it or not, I made it to the 3 up club 馃槂

Oh, and we beat Swansea too.

Of course, Chris Wilder now only has his eyes on our next opponents, Stoke City:

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Stoke City are above us in 6th place, however they are only a mere 5 points above us and a win could put us within touching distance of the playoff spots. Their form has been slightly more erratic than ours at the moment, having lost two in a row before beating QPR away last Saturday. They're a very decent team, and this will no doubt be a tough game.

Yes, really. Or have you got a secret weapon up your sleeve?聽 聽 聽

Fair enough. I guess we don't want to give anything away to the opposition, after all.聽

I just have one suggestion though. Drop Tav and play Payero instead?

I know it could, that's why I suggested it.

Okay okay, you're the boss!

Just get us three points and we'll be

Exactly.聽

Talking Points

Starting lineup/formation?

Will poor Dejan Stojanovic get a chance under Wilder? What about Josh Coburn?

Can we go undefeated until the new year?

Am I running out of Wilder puns?

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I'm really happy with the point considering everything.聽I'm at peace with the fact that we're currently nowhere near our full capacity as we're at the first stage of a long-term rebuild as we're lacki

We've beaten two teams who were above us at the time we played them, which we hadn't managed under Warnock this season.聽 Of the five games we've played under Wilder, four have been against teams above

Who can take a Boro team Who were playing poo Have them winning matches with a miracle or two? 聽 Chris Wilder man Chris Wilder can Chris Wilder he can cause he plays

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Good work @Denzel Zanzibar

1. Starting lineup/formation?

I think it will the same 18 that made up squad v Swansea.聽Expect the starting 11 to remain unchanged.

I think this is our strongest 18 even with everyone fit in terms of balance and options off the bench.

2. Will poor Dejan Stojanovic get a chance under Wilder? What about Josh Coburn?

Writings on wall for Dejan. He was dropped from the subs bench on weekend for Lumley which tells you he is certainly 3rd choice.

Coburn ideally needs a loan in Jan but the club really needs to get the loan right as our record on loaning players out has not been great

3. Can we go undefeated until the new year?

Its possible with 4 games left. Stoke, Bournemouth, Forest and Blackpool. Albeit I am less concerned about unbeaten runs and more concerned about points gained.聽Rather take 1聽win and a loss over 2 draws. That being said 8pts from next 4 games I would be happy with. Ideally Wilder then turns over Sheff Utd on new years day in our 5th game before a fortnight break from league.

Am I running out of Wilder puns?

No. keep going just like our unbeaten run.

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Great one DZ.

I reckon we will go unchanged. Maybe Fry in for either Bamba or Jones聽 - if Wilder wants Dijk at RWB to be a bit more solid, but I reckon he'll go with Jones' pace. I also reckon it's too early for Payero to start, so he will be benched. Would be good to see him come off it with a strong cameo.

Dejan will leave probably on a free and Coburn will go out on loan if there are any suiters. A half season in League 1 or 2 will do him good.

I doubt we'll go undefeated. Stoke, Muff and Forest are a tougher run than we've had under Wilder so far. But a聽win at Stoke will surely breed a lot of confidence and really put us into the mix. However I think it'll be a 1-1 game.聽

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10 hours ago, Denzel Zanzibar said:

Who can take a Boro team

Who were playing poo

Have them winning matches

with a miracle or two?

Chris Wilder man

Chris Wilder can

Chris Wilder he can cause he plays attacking football, makes the players play good

Who just wants midtable

Not Chris no that's who

Start to win our matches

And the quality shines through?

Chris Wilder can?

Chris Wilder can

Chris Wilder can

Chris Wilder he can cause he plays attacking football, makes the players play good...

Stoke City v Middlesbrough

Saturday 11th December

bet365 Stadium

KO: 3pm

Get in! It happened! I didn't think it would, but believe it or not, I made it to the 3 up club 馃槂

Oh, and we beat Swansea too.

Of course, Chris Wilder now only has his eyes on our next opponents, Stoke City:

Polish_20211207_224325664.jpg.e06091023bf7c63bdbaaee7f48137b8e.jpg

Stoke City are above us in 6th place, however they are only a mere 5 points above us and a win could put us within touching distance of the playoff spots. Their form has been slightly more erratic than ours at the moment, having lost two in a row before beating QPR away last Saturday. They're a very decent team, and this will no doubt be a tough game.

Yes, really. Or have you got a secret weapon up your sleeve?聽 聽 聽

Fair enough. I guess we don't want to give anything away to the opposition, after all.聽

I just have one suggestion though. Drop Tav and play Payero instead?

I know it could, that's why I suggested it.

Okay okay, you're the boss!

Just get us three points and we'll be

Exactly.聽

Talking Points

Starting lineup/formation?

Will poor Dejan Stojanovic get a chance under Wilder? What about Josh Coburn?

Can we go undefeated until the new year?

Am I running out of Wilder puns?

I'm disturbed by how much Wilder looks like Gene Hackman in a lot of those Photoshops!

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Starting lineup/formation?

Still The Same GIF by Bob Seger

Wilder doesn't seem to be one for changing a winning formula...or at least changing one he feels comfortable with. Same formation and personnel, barring changes for injury / fatigue etc.

Will poor Dejan Stojanovic get a chance under Wilder? What about Josh Coburn?

I Hope So Macaulay Culkin GIF by filmeditor

but

I Doubt It Richard Hammond GIF by DriveTribe

Can we go undefeated until the new year?

pop tv no GIF by Schitt's Creek

With Stoke and Bournemouth next, I don't see us getting anything out of either of those games. An away trip to Blackpool before the turn of the year won't be easy either.

Am I running out of Wilder puns?

Although DZ may argue

not gonna happen donald trump GIF by Election 2016

I have a feeling

Its Gonna Happen Jeff Cannata GIF by The Dungeon Run

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Historically Boro have not done well at Stoke:

Overall: Played 100 Won 42 Drawn 22 Lost 36

Home: Played 50 Won 31 Drawn 11 Lost 8

Away: Played 50 Won 11 Drawn 11 Lost 28

This season Stoke's home record reads P10 W6 D2 L2, so Boro's prospects don't look great. Think we will do well to get a point. Won't be too upset if we lose - though as usual the performance will factor into this.

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Starting lineup/formation?

Same Lineup unless players are getting fatigued. Fry some game time聽if he's fit.

Will poor Dejan Stojanovic get a chance under Wilder? What about Josh Coburn?

Probably not, would be harsh to drop a keeper after a cleansheet.

Can we go undefeated until the new year?

Don't think we'll go undefeated past this game to be honest, Stoke away is a toughen.

Am I running out of Wilder puns?

I'm utterly BeWildered at this point.

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It will be the 51st聽away meeting between the two teams with the following record:

Won聽- 11

Drew聽-11

Lost聽- 28

Goals scored 鈥撀53

Goals against -聽84聽

27th聽December 1902 - The 1st聽away game v Stoke was on the Boro winning 2-0聽

3rd聽March 1956 - Our biggest聽away聽win v Stoke聽was 5-2聽

3 & 4 game goalscorers s v Stoke City聽

17th聽April 1906 - Divison One Boro 5 Stoke 0 - Alf Common became the 6th聽different Boro player to score a treble in one game when he notched his 2nd聽career Boro hat trick, his 1st聽& the clubs 3rd聽at AP, 聽7th聽home HT (including 4 at Linthorpe road) & 8 in total

7th聽September 1946 - Divison One Boro 5 Stoke City 4 - 聽Micky Fenton聽became the聽8th聽different Boro player to score a聽haul聽in one game when he notched his聽2nd聽career Boro haul, our 18th聽聽in total

12th聽December 1959 - Division Two Stoke 2 Boro 5 - Brian Clough聽became the聽32nd聽different Boro player to score a treble in one game when he notched his聽8th聽career Boro hat trick,聽our 18th聽away HT聽&聽92nd聽in total

Penalty scorers v Stoke City

7th聽April 1906 Boro 5 Stoke 0 聽Alf Common 聽became the 7th聽different Boro penalty goalscorer when he scored the clubs 9th聽penalty

16th聽December 1922 Boro 3 Stoke 1 - George Elliott聽became the聽13th聽different Boro penalty goalscorer when he scored the clubs聽35th聽penalty

27th聽April 1950 Boro 2 Stoke 0 - Wilf Mannion 聽became the聽31st聽different Boro penalty goalscorer when he scored the clubs聽91st聽penalty

5th聽November 1960 Stoke 1 Boro 1 - Bill Harris聽became the聽36th聽different Boro penalty goalscorer when he scored the clubs聽129th聽penalty, our only penalty at Stoke

21st聽February 1981 Boro 3 Stoke 1 - Bosco Jankovic聽became the聽46th聽different Boro penalty goalscorer when he scored the clubs聽177th聽penalty

A number of players who played for both team

John Mahoney 鈥揓ohn Neal 1st聽signing & our record signing at one time, joined聽the Boro聽in July 1977 for 拢90,000. "I didn't want to leave but when I looked at the fixture list, Stoke were away at Mansfield & Boro at home to Liverpool, I knew I had to go." He spent two seasons at聽Ayresome Park聽making 90 appearances, scoring 2 goals聽

Robert Huth 鈥 63 games for the Boro, zero goals. Huth signed for Stoke for 拢5 million on a 4-year contract聽on 27 August 2009

Tuncay 艦anl谋聽-聽78 games for the Boro, 18 聽goals.聽Tuncay signed for Stoke for 拢5聽million聽on a 4-year contract on 28 August 2009.

Mark Crossley -聽31 games for the Boro, in聽2003 Boro loaned聽Crossley to Stoke where he played in 11 matches helping the club avoid relegation from the First Division.

Chris Kamara - February 1993聽LL signed CM on a one-month loan, his spell at聽the Boro聽lasted just five games,聽the Boro聽couldn鈥檛 afford to offer him a permanent contract.

Andrew Davies 鈥 Played twice for Stoke following a 拢1.3million transfer from Southampton

Ritchie De Laet -聽On 17 August 2007, he signed a 3 year contract with聽Championship聽club聽Stoke City聽for an initial聽拢100,000 fee, didn鈥檛 play a single game for Stoke, played 10 games on loan for the Boro.

Graham Kavanagh -聽Has the honour of scoring Stoke's first goal at the聽Britannia Stadium聽in a League Cup match against聽Rochdale.聽He left Stoke in the summer of 2001 after making 244 appearances, scoring 45 goals.

Mick Kennedy聽-聽Made 39 appearances for聽Stoke in聽1990鈥91聽scoring three goals in a poor season which saw Stoke finish in their lowest ever league position of 14th in the third tier.

John Eustace - 2003聽loaned from Coventry he only made one substitute appearance for the Boro, away to聽Liverpool, where聽he appeared for only the final two minutes of the game, signed for Stoke the following season.

Shay Given -聽Kept ten clean sheets in 16 league games while at the Boro.

Nicky Mohan 鈥 99 games for the Boro, 92 games for Stoke.

Dean Whitehead 鈥 132 games for Stoke, 55 games for the Boro

Brian Horne - 1992 he played in goal 4 times for the Boro & one game or Stoke

Dave Kitson 鈥 Stoke 34 games 3 goals, Boro 6 games 3 goals.

Frazer Richardson 鈥 Stoke 13 games, 1 goal, Boro11 games 0 goals.

Managed Stoke & connections with the Boro:

Brian Little brought as 1st聽team coach by Bruce Rioch, before becoming Darlington鈥檚 manager in 89

Did you know:

Cameron Jerome, who between 2011 & 2014 played 50 games for Stoke, was released from the Boro in 2003,聽was a 92nd-minute substitute, along with David Murphy & Stuart Parnaby 2 ex Boro players, as Birmingham won the聽2011 League Cup, defeating聽Arsenal聽2鈥1 at聽Wembley聽

Blast from the past

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If we keep winning, does that mean @Denzel Zanzibarhas to keep doing the MDTs again and again? If so, it's a good job there's lots of quality memes and GIFs out there. Love the Swansea Stoke one, incidentally...

Starting聽lineup/formation?

Unchanged, because there's no sense destabilising a winning team. Returning players can be on the bench and come on at half time, easing their transition back to first team football.

Will poor Dejan Stojanovic get a chance under Wilder? What about Josh聽Coburn?

I know he's a generously remunerated footballer, but I'm starting to feel sorry for Stojanovic. I'm thinking about inviting him round at Christmas in case he's sad and lonely, sitting in an empty flat with a one-person microwaved Christmas pudding. He must be really awful in training to be so far from the squad, given the lack of obvious talent ahead of him. Coburn on the other hand is one for the future, and is probably being nurtured as such.

Can we go undefeated until the new year?

We absolutely can, and given the number of freak goals we've conceded so far, I very much hope we don't concede any more, which should help us to avoid that losing feeling. All December's games are winnable if the team are confident, which we hopefully are after Swansea (the nature of the win as much as the result).

Am I running out of Wilder puns?

I do hope not!聽

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