Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Boro V Man City

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Boro V Man City

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We mustn't let the season peter away to nothing like it has over the past two years.

We were beaten by a better side at Liverpool, but there's no reason why we shouldn't beat Manchester City.

They're safe now, so the pressure is off them.

They will come here and knock the ball around in typical Kevin Keegan fashion, but we've nothing to fear from them. It's important that we give the Boro fans a good send-off and that means putting our chances away.

This is a last opportunity for the current crop of strikers to show McClaren what they can do at the Riverside before he gets the chequebook out.

But if we create as many chances as we did against Aston Villa, then we should win comfortably.

BORO'S slim Champions League chances have completely disappeared on the back of three consecutive defeats.

Now the team faces a struggle to finish in the top half of the table.

But, despite recent results, Boro fought hard in their last two games against Aston Villa and Liverpool.

Boro absolutely battered ten-man Villa in the second half at the Riverside but could not put the ball in the net.

Then they were caught out by the sucker punch when Villa scored a last-minute goal after Steve McClaren had substituted both full-backs.

Boro rode their luck at Anfield, but still had a couple of chances to turn the game their way.

City are currently hit by a dearth of centre-backs, but will still be keen to end a run of conceding two goals a game.

WITH three Premiership wins to their credit in 2004, it's fair to say City are in an horrendous run of form.

However, Saturday's win against Newcastle effectively preserved the club's top-flight status and means tomorrow's match now has nothing riding on it except pride.

Boro should take heart from the knowledge that City haven't won back-to-back Premiership games all season.

Kevin Keegan's side have won just four away games so far and just one of those wins came after January 1, a 3-1 victory at Bolton. …

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