Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

If Opponents Don't like Boro's Style, Tough

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

If Opponents Don't like Boro's Style, Tough

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BATTERED and bruised, Boro limped away from the Amex Stadium having boosted their credit rating.

Lee Tomlin was walking gingerly after taking a hefty kick on his calf, goal-getter Albert Adomah was smiling but struggling from a nasty cramp late on and groggy Adam Clayton was still seeing cartoon stars and birds tweeting around his head.

He had been knocked cold after taking a piledriver full in the face from close range and was led from the pitch.

The Whirling Dervish mid-field man was down and flat out for a while before being guided off looking shaky.

Higgy must have been tempted to go down the dugout comic route and say: "Tell him he's Pele and get him back on."

There were plenty of others leaving Brighton with bumps and bruises after putting various bits of their anatomy in the way to block shots and stop runs or picked up knocks as they battled to protect the lead.

But hey, you should see the other lot.

Seriously. Brighton will be just as black and blue today. Worse even. And they won't have the pleasure of the points to sooth their aches.

The Seagulls were seriously rattled by a ruthless Boro side that refused to give ground or flinch when it got fiesty.

Aitor Karanka's side showed steel and zeal and there was a snarling flash of bared teeth when needed.

This is a team that can more than match anyone who wants to go toe-to-toe with them.

It is a vital part of the Championship skill-set - especially on the road.

So far this term they have had to battle to away wins at Bolton and Cardiff and also to dig in for a draw at Charlton.

The preferred option is to play polished possession football, passing and picking patiently - but if it comes to the rough stuff, they can take it. And dish it out.

Boro set their stall out after 15 seconds when George Friend crunched into Brighton's creative spark Joao Teixiera in midair from behind going for a high-ball near the touchline.

That early reducer left the Seagulls' schemer in a crumpled heap and left him cowering in shadows for the next 10 minutes whenever Friend charged in towards him. …

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