Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Planet Boro Is Starting to Have a Heavenly Feeling

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Planet Boro Is Starting to Have a Heavenly Feeling

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Byline: ANTHONY VICKERS @Untypicalboro

THERE were some rousing Riverside roars as bubbling Boro made the Brewers droop. Cheers.

The soundtrack to the evening was upbeat and inclusive and it felt like a decisive shift in the mood music to something markedly more positive and hopeful than last season's heavy-hearted support.

There is an infectious laughter and optimism in the air again at the Riverside and that is always fantastic to feel.

Unless you are one of Teesside's naturally negatively charged particles and it spooks you.

There was a heart-warming wave of appreciative applause from all four sides of the ground as Patrick Bamford bounced off with a skip in his step when he was subbed.

It hinted at good man management by Garry Monk to give him an individual moment to revel in the adulation his recent displays have deserved and give him a little fillip and ego-boost he needed after a forlorn spell on the fringes last term.

Bamford has been the mercurial presence in recent games, his intelligent movement and deft touches helping knit together isolated flashes of creative potential into a coherent attacking intent and he deserves the plaudits.

And that wave of gleeful praise melded in with the next peak as Adama Traore came on.

He has split opinion over the summer but there is no doubt there is a frisson of excitement when he comes on and heightened expectation and hope that he will hit the afterburners and get people leaping off their feet.

It was a genuine wave of goodwill. Fans want him to do well. Even his detractors are willing him to prove them wrong and finally harness his awesome potential.

There was a sentimental sonic boom too when ever-popular Dimi Konstantopoulos, a cypher for those left isolated under Aitor Karanka, appeared on the touchline to do a few second half stretches.

Rudy Gestede too was cheered to the echo too. That was a telling moment. …

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