Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

We Must Feel at Home at the Cottage! BERNIE'S BOLT

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

We Must Feel at Home at the Cottage! BERNIE'S BOLT

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Byline: BERNIE SLAVEN

BORO need some more capital gains against Fulham to send them into the crunch Christmas period in good spirits.

Saturday's draw with Arsenal was impressive, each and every player showed a terrific attitude and commitment.

A lot of teams would have folded after going a goal down against the Gunners, but Boro roared back with a great equaliser.

With another striker on, one point might have become three because Arsenal don't like it one bit when teams get in amongst them.

But it's only a point and it won't count for much unless Boro can back it up with another result at Craven Cottage, because there are some hard games coming up.

Fulham are one of the surprise packages of the season so far - after being tipped as relegation certainties they are flying and formidable at home.

They have got the third best record this term in the Premier League, so Boro will be up against it.

Jimmy Bullard is on fire, Danny Murphy is playing well in midfield and Andrew Johnson is a handful up front.

And the game is given added spice of course by the Mark Schwarzer connection.

The big Aussie didn't exactly excel himself in goal in his last season at the Boro, but neither did the defence in front of him.

He was a great servant to the club and the move seems to have rejuvenated him.

Ross Turnbull no doubt has a lot of respect for Schwarzer from their time together on Teesside and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top in the old master against apprentice clash.

Jeremie Aliadiere led the line well against Arsenal and got a fantastic goal against his old club.

The one-up front option looks like it could be the best bet once more considering the way Fulham are playing.

Afonso Alves needs a goal and the only way to get one is by playing games, but tactics might see him left out for the second game running in the capital. …

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