Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Midfield Merit

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Midfield Merit

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Byline: By Bernie Slaven

...but it's the results that count

BORO played some great football in the second half against Chelsea - but we still ended up losing it.

That's three defeats in four games at the Riverside and we've got to be concerned.

We're fourth bottom of the league and we can't argue with that.

If we are going to have a good season we have to solve the problem at home.

No teams enjoyed coming to the Riverside last season. We have to get back to that situation.

I know we played well against Leeds and Chelsea, but we still lost to them.

In a few months we will have forgotten about those performances and all we will be left with is the results.

We had a tremendous week before Chelsea, with those wins against Everton, Brighton and Southampton. We saw a bit of steel in the side.

We need to see a bit more steel in the coming weeks if we are to start climbing up the table.

Steve McClaren is right to point out that he didn't have players in place at the start of the season.

And we've had more than our fair share of injuries.

But players are coming back now and things are taking shape.

Doriva and Boateng have done a good job. They've shielded the defence very well.

Mendieta was brilliant in the second half against Chelsea. He showed that he will create chances.

But if we want to climb the league we have to take those chances, and we didn't do it against Chelsea.

We had a few half chances, mainly from the balls that Mendieta put through, but we need to show better anticipation.

Nemeth's finish for his goal was excellent, but it does worry me that we are scoring only one goal a game.

That's a wee bit scary, because it puts a lot of pressure on the defence.

We do need our goals output to improve if we are to win enough games this season.

It would have been different if we had kept a clean sheet against Chelsea, but we didn't. …

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