Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Hail to Tough Guys

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Hail to Tough Guys

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I HAVE to admit that the Geordies' decent start to the season has surprised me.

With all the problems they have got, you just assume that they will struggle on the field as well as off it.

The facts don't add up. They have no official manager and no leader, and they've sold most of their best players.

But they've done OK so far, and they will be building up a bit of confidence.

They've also got strength in areas where it matters.

Up front they've got Shola Ameobi and Andy Carroll, two big cumbersome forwards who can put themselves about a bit.

I think that Boro could do with one of them to help their own promotion cause.

In midfield they've also got two cloggers in Barton and Smith, and I mean that in the best possible way.

They battle and they fight for every ball, and they would knock their grannies over if they had to in order to win the ball. …

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