Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Few Positives but Errors Were Evident

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Few Positives but Errors Were Evident

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Byline: ANTHONY VICKERS anthony.vickers@trinitymirror.com @Untypicalboro

INDIVIDUAL errors. The mandatory penalty. The goals flying in. Callum Wilson's manful struggle against the force of gravity. The long, long trek home... after a deja vu defeat at Bournemouth Boro fans will be pleading with the Gods of football to never let us play them again.

Please. Never. It is 26 years since Boro won at Bournemouth - John Hendrie and Gary Parkinson scored in a 2-1 League Cup win in October 1991. Before the Premier League. It may as well have been in black and white.

In the last three traumatic trips battered Boro have conceded 10 goals, have been sliced opening at the back from the off and have limped away battered and emotionally bruised.

In the 3-0 defeat in March 2015 Emilio Nsue was invisible for the first 10 minutes leaving wave after wave of attacks to tear chunks off poor punch drunk Tomas Kalas in a punishing defeat to their rivals that torpedoed Boro's automatic promotion hopes.

Last season's 4-0 drubbing was even more shocking. I still wake up in cold sweats at the ease with which a shell of a side were dismantled.

That game... jeez. Arrrrgggh! Semidetached Gaston Ramirez put in stupid hari-kari tackle that sabotaged any hopes of salvaging a game that was already slipping away.

That zombie display was played out to the metallic sounds of knives being sharpened and nails being hammered in to Boro's Premier League coffin.

To be fair, this game wasn't really in that "not suitable for work" league. That's not to say it didn't sting. Or that there aren't reasons to snarl and point fingers and apportion blame on the marathon slog back home.

There were positives. Boro dug deep and survived a torrid opening spell, clawed back into the game and for a spell played with a bit of zest and swagger. They even managed to mount a series of threatening attacks before the break.

And they scored. That's a collector's item even for the away day diehards. …

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