Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Fans Will Settle for Nothing Less Than a Victory

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Fans Will Settle for Nothing Less Than a Victory

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THERE are only three points at stake this weekend -so the result of the Leeds showdown will not decide the outcome of Boro''s season.

But nothing less than all three points will satisfy the fans.

Indeed an absolute minimum of five points is required from the next three games in eight days to give the long suffering fans hope that a promotion campaign can be belatedly mounted.

Two wins would surpass that requirement but one of them must come against Leeds.

This is without doubt our biggest game of the season in many ways.

There is the obvious importance in view of our form and league position, on top of that it''s the nearest we have to a derby game, with the most away supporters we are likely to see this season.

Unless Boro buck their ideas up it will almost certainly be our biggest crowd of the season.

If we fail against Leeds then it is going to take a hell of a lot to get many locals to return.

Even with the interest in the game there is still likely to be 10,000 empty seats at the ground.

We have had this argument before that because season ticket holders in the South-east Corner cannot be moved then more tickets cannot be sold to the visitors.

Would it not be possible pre season for the club to include a proviso that the ticket holder would be reallocated for games when the club can better utilise the area? The absence of Barry Robson is going to be a major blow to Boro and your guess is as good as mine as to what the starting line-up will be.

I would go for Steele in goal, with a back four of McMahon, Wheater, McManus and Arca.

If McManus is still dizzy from dealing with the Spaniards, then perhaps Bates should be considered in what is undoubtedly his best position.

In midfield the right side berth continues to be an unsolved problem and I would give McDonald a game there. …

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