Sunday, 20 January 2013

Bad January Strikes Again!

Let’s face it, the game against Leicester should never have gone ahead. The only reason it did, was the power of sky and the TV Money it brings. Forget about the fans safety hey! After four pitch inspections the game was on, one of the most bizarre, crazy build ups to a football match. Fans, BBC Tees radio team, match reporters, Boro team coach you name it, all struggled to make it to The King Power Stadium. Roads in Leicester were grid locked with 6 inches of snow falling, taking the Boro team coach 2 hrs to do a 4 mile trip from the hotel. Everyone made it eventually and kick off was only delayed 15 minutes so that the Boro players could have a warm up before kick off.

On to the game, I thought we rode our luck at times and had Steele and the Woodwork to thank. We played well in large spells, with some great link up play only for our final pass to let us down. Haroun had a good chance one on one but a heavy first touch took the ball away from him and Kasper Schmeichel claimed the ball. Ledesma had a good chance similar to the one against Watford at home and should really have scored. You can’t afford to miss chances like that. That’s been the difference in the last few games, we need to take our chances and we will win football matches again. A pen in the last min should secured a well deserved draw against a team up there with us. Emnes our pen taker took it and I thought it was a good pen that was well saved by Kasper Schmeichel. I know Emnes has had a poor start to this season after playing well last season but he been in and out of the team and I know if on his game he is a real handful for opposition and key player for us. We need him to be on form in the 2nd half of the season.

January has been a bad month for us in league, just like last season with 3 league defeats. Yes we have slipped up a few times and not helped our chances of automatic promotion and it’s a frustrating time with teams playing this weekend and our next league game in 2 weeks time away to Ipswich. That’s a long time for everyone connected to the club to mull over the recent form. No need to panic though there’s still plenty of games to go, 18 in fact. A few bad results doesn’t mean that its season over! We didn’t give up on Friday night, we kept going trying get back in the game. We’re not far off. Players are coming back and we have a stronger team than last season. The break from the league programme could be good for us. Play the first teamers against Aldershot in the cup to get some confidence in the team and some goals. Then the league games come thick and fast in February. I still believe we will turn this mini blip of results around. We all need to stick together and give this a good go. There is still so much still to play for and a lot of points. Believe!


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