Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Ice Cool Boro Are Red Ho; Anthony Vickers' Big Ma

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Ice Cool Boro Are Red Ho; Anthony Vickers' Big Ma

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BORO kept their cool as the temperature soared at Rotherham.

Aitor Karanka's welldrilled side secured a thoroughly professional 3-0 win in a deliciously hostile atmosphere at the New York Stadium.

For a spell tempers threatened to boil over, tackles flew in and the home fans were baying for blood but Karanka's clinical Boro kept their shape and kept their heads and eased to an important away win.

It was exactly the kind of simmering scrap against a physical and direct side that in the past a soft-centred side may have been bullied out of and lost.

But this steely Boro showed they could handle the rough stuff and a pressure cooker atmosphere without getting dragged into tetchy titfor-tat fouling.

In fact they emerged from the game without a yellow card, some achievement given the recent caution count.

They rose above it and cruised to victory.

Boro weathered an early heavy barrage as Rotherham threw some quick high diagonals into the box but quickly grabbed the game by the throat as imperious Adam Clayton and Grant Leadbitter took control of midfield.

Then Boro started to let rip down the flanks with Yanic Wildschut and Adam Reach unleashed against sluggish Rotherham full-backs.

And they twice carved through to score two crackers - Patrick Bamford and Yanic Wildschut - with their first two real chances.

And they sealed it late on with a third as Tomlin wriggled across the box and through four defenders to cut a low shot inside the post.

That took Boro - briefly - up to second before results pegged them back a place.

It was a thoroughly professional performance that bodes well for the big tests to come.

Match reports will focus on the impact of the red card but Boro had already done the damage by then.

The game was in the bag before the numbers swung decisively their way when Rotherham lost their heads and lost a man on the half-hour. …

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