Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Time to Plug Leaks

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Time to Plug Leaks

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Don'tgift goals to Baggies in replay

The time has come for Boro to stop giving away sloppy goals.

We can win at West Brom on Tuesday, but only if we tighten up at the back.

We've given away ten goals in the Cup run alone.

That's too many, especially as most of them could easily have been avoided.

It's not that teams are tearing us apart. We're giving them goals for nothing.

I thought that West Brom fully deserved to take us back to their place, but both goals could have been cut out.

Young Taylor sold his soul and got caught wrong side for the first one, and then Schwarzer could have thrown his cap on it but he let it go through his legs.

You could tell the second goal was coming, and you can't afford to give a striker of the calibre of Kevin Phillips space like that, even if it did take a deflection.

These goals are just the tip of the iceberg because you can go back through the last few games and see similar ones.

The two goals at Bristol were a joke and so was the first one at Chelsea.

I don't know what the answer is, especially as we have quality defenders.

Woodgate and Pogatetz have had excellent seasons so far.

But we have to sort it out, starting against Reading on Saturday, and then we have to carry it on at West Brom.

There's not a lot between the two Cup sides. Mogga has got West Brom really fired up and playing well.

I spoke to him at the Riverside on Saturday and he's really focussed on what he wants to do, which obviously is to take West Brom back to the Premiership.

Maybe he could have done without the replay, but then if he can take a Premiership scalp, it will be a big feather in his cap.

I can see the replay being a cracker of a game.

In fact if it goes all the way to penalties then I wouldn't be surprised.

The prize on offer is a big carrot for both clubs.

I think Man United will beat Reading's second string in the replay.

If it had been the Carling Cup it might have been different, but Fergie will want to win the FA cup if he can. …

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