Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

How Boro Respond to Loss Is the Key

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

How Boro Respond to Loss Is the Key

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the goal was not even confirmed for a good 15 minutes and Sky Sports were still showing the score as 1-0 to the Boro.

And as the game petered out to yet another draw the uncertainty remained. Post-match, both bosses and sets of players seemed to say it was an own goal with Rhys Williams getting the unfortunate touch.

The replays amazed me. The ball clearly hit Trotter and it was goal bound so even if it did hit Williams on the way in it was definitely Trotter's goal.

Even now there is a doubt. One for the dubious goals panel!

If my eyesight was deceiving me then my hearing was most certainly working - although I wish it hadn't been.

As Boro sealed an historic record-breaking unbeaten start, there were a few home supporters who booed at the final whistle. Give me strength!

All term I have praised our fantastic away fans and the efforts of the Twe12th Man and Red Faction in creating a better atmosphere at home. They have been magnificent. We do though have a minority who expect Boro to be turning in Barcelona-type performances every week.

To be where we are in the table is nothing short of miraculous after Mogga has had to slash the wages and produce a team based on the youngsters and limited loans, free transfers and out of contract players.

But the unbeaten run has lifted expectations of some fans to an unrealistic level.

And on the way home the phone-in ding-bats were in full flow over the airwaves.

A tweeter described referee Robert Madley as the worst he had ever seen. What? The guy had a great game, letting it flow and sensibly handling the few flashpoints.

Perhaps slagging the referee when your team has not won is an obvious easy option - but what happened next was unbelievable.

The boo-boys were confused with regular scapegoat Justin Hoyte not playing so they turned on a local youngster instead. …

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