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With video - Boro must put the barrier back up at the Amex

The Argus: Matt Upson celebrates his winner at Middlesbrough Matt Upson celebrates his winner at Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough want to put up the barriers at the Amex – and make amends for what they saw as a controversial home defeat.

Aitor Karanka’s side have leaked five goals in two games in the last week to blemish their impressive defensive record.

Karanka reckons Boro used the 1-0 reverse to the Seagulls in December to help shape a run which took his side to ninth in January.

They have slipped back to mid-table after winning just one of their last 12 games.

But they have been hard to beat and tough to score against until the 3-1 home defeat to QPR last Saturday and a 2-2 midweek draw at Huddersfield.

The Teessiders felt Matt Upson’s late headed winner at the Riverside came from a corner which should not have been awarded.

Karanka said: “I think that game was very important for us. From that day, we changed a lot of things. We went one month and only lost once in the league.

“For this, I think that game was important for us to see how difficult it is to win. I have good memories about that game because of what we did after.”

Boro welcome back influential midfielder Grant Leadbitter after a two-game ban and he is expected to start in place of Nathaniel Chalobah.

Danny Graham and Kei Kamara compete for the striker’s role in a 4-2-3-1 set-up, Albert Adomah is their man to watch with 11 league goals and five assists.

Adomah produced two great finishes, albeit aided by woeful passes by opponents, to secure the 2-2 draw at Huddersfield (see video).

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11:05am Sat 29 Mar 14

JollyRoger says...

Fully expect them to have 10 behind the ball at most times and we are not good at breaking down teams that play like that. Can see us having the same problem scoring as we have most of the season and could lose to a break away goal if get caught napping.

Really hope I am wrong but see this as 0-0 at the best.
Fully expect them to have 10 behind the ball at most times and we are not good at breaking down teams that play like that. Can see us having the same problem scoring as we have most of the season and could lose to a break away goal if get caught napping. Really hope I am wrong but see this as 0-0 at the best. JollyRoger
  • Score: 3

11:36am Sat 29 Mar 14

To baldly go says...

JollyRoger wrote:
Fully expect them to have 10 behind the ball at most times and we are not good at breaking down teams that play like that. Can see us having the same problem scoring as we have most of the season and could lose to a break away goal if get caught napping.

Really hope I am wrong but see this as 0-0 at the best.
Your right in how Middlesbrough will approach the game, it is up to Oscar to change how we approach it that is key, not so defensive in midfield and the wide positions is where the changes need to be made imo, LuaLua must start, games where he and Buckley have played have been some of our best games, stretching the defence to breaking point. Midfield is our Achilles heal at the moment! No Crofts, Orlandi, Agustien leaves Lopez as the only skilled passer of the ball and he has not been playing well enough imo but could be the difference, a 4-3-3 formation is ok but with Ince as defensive midfielder we could play three at the back (Dunk, Upson, Ward) with four in midfield (Ince,Lopez, Stevens, Lingered) and the three up front.
Watford did it against us at theirs and Wigan did it against Man C in the cup, we have the strength in defence to handle this line up imo and it allows us to match them in a packed midfield and also stretch their defence.
Something needs to change but I think it will be same as usual, no width, a defensive midfield and a frustrating game.
[quote][p][bold]JollyRoger[/bold] wrote: Fully expect them to have 10 behind the ball at most times and we are not good at breaking down teams that play like that. Can see us having the same problem scoring as we have most of the season and could lose to a break away goal if get caught napping. Really hope I am wrong but see this as 0-0 at the best.[/p][/quote]Your right in how Middlesbrough will approach the game, it is up to Oscar to change how we approach it that is key, not so defensive in midfield and the wide positions is where the changes need to be made imo, LuaLua must start, games where he and Buckley have played have been some of our best games, stretching the defence to breaking point. Midfield is our Achilles heal at the moment! No Crofts, Orlandi, Agustien leaves Lopez as the only skilled passer of the ball and he has not been playing well enough imo but could be the difference, a 4-3-3 formation is ok but with Ince as defensive midfielder we could play three at the back (Dunk, Upson, Ward) with four in midfield (Ince,Lopez, Stevens, Lingered) and the three up front. Watford did it against us at theirs and Wigan did it against Man C in the cup, we have the strength in defence to handle this line up imo and it allows us to match them in a packed midfield and also stretch their defence. Something needs to change but I think it will be same as usual, no width, a defensive midfield and a frustrating game. To baldly go
  • Score: 3

11:40am Sat 29 Mar 14

Sheil says...

Jesse Lingaard says he has a lot to offer so hopefully he can prove that today!
Would be so good for his morale & I'm sure it will spur him on to better things let alone the rest of the team!

I pray Leo is playing.

Last week the crowd were making a huge noise to start with but regrettably didn't keep it up for too long...........come on you Seagull supporters raise the roof today.

UTA
Jesse Lingaard says he has a lot to offer so hopefully he can prove that today! Would be so good for his morale & I'm sure it will spur him on to better things let alone the rest of the team! I pray Leo is playing. Last week the crowd were making a huge noise to start with but regrettably didn't keep it up for too long...........come on you Seagull supporters raise the roof today. UTA Sheil
  • Score: 2

11:43am Sat 29 Mar 14

elljam says...

At least it's a nice sunny day. I'm at the front in the Upper East so if the game pans out as most people expect I'll be able to work on my tan.
At least it's a nice sunny day. I'm at the front in the Upper East so if the game pans out as most people expect I'll be able to work on my tan. elljam
  • Score: 3

12:00pm Sat 29 Mar 14

fairweathersupporter says...

elljam wrote:
At least it's a nice sunny day. I'm at the front in the Upper East so if the game pans out as most people expect I'll be able to work on my tan.
Salute the sun for me. Time for OG's attacking revolution...
[quote][p][bold]elljam[/bold] wrote: At least it's a nice sunny day. I'm at the front in the Upper East so if the game pans out as most people expect I'll be able to work on my tan.[/p][/quote]Salute the sun for me. Time for OG's attacking revolution... fairweathersupporter
  • Score: 1

12:19pm Sat 29 Mar 14

To baldly go says...

Sheil wrote:
Jesse Lingaard says he has a lot to offer so hopefully he can prove that today!
Would be so good for his morale & I'm sure it will spur him on to better things let alone the rest of the team!

I pray Leo is playing.

Last week the crowd were making a huge noise to start with but regrettably didn't keep it up for too long...........come on you Seagull supporters raise the roof today.

UTA
Agree on the noise front, started loud and slowly went down from there, could be due to the style of play! We need goals, the team need them, the fans need them and the statistics need them, come on Oscar, s*** or bust but let's go for it. UTA
[quote][p][bold]Sheil[/bold] wrote: Jesse Lingaard says he has a lot to offer so hopefully he can prove that today! Would be so good for his morale & I'm sure it will spur him on to better things let alone the rest of the team! I pray Leo is playing. Last week the crowd were making a huge noise to start with but regrettably didn't keep it up for too long...........come on you Seagull supporters raise the roof today. UTA[/p][/quote]Agree on the noise front, started loud and slowly went down from there, could be due to the style of play! We need goals, the team need them, the fans need them and the statistics need them, come on Oscar, s*** or bust but let's go for it. UTA To baldly go
  • Score: 1

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