Pre-Match View From Middlesbrough
“Jamal Blackman.. remember him? Sure you do.. THAT Liverpool cup match.. he was in goal.. conceded 15 goals! (OK 14 of them were in a penalty shootout) scored one too (better scoring record than Britt Assombalonga.. just saying). Never set the world alight here as that was his only appearance but has (apparently) started really well for the Blades so might be one to keep an eye on this season (probably not). A quick look at the Blades website in search of a bearded beauty has turned up trumps (discounting John Brayford on account of his silly hair) and I shall be presenting an award before the match to Kieron Freeman who has channelled Olivier Giroud with his perfectly coiffed facial hair.”
“I think we’ll win. I don’t know if it will click just yet, but I think we will just have enough to get past them.”
“ we should be looking to stuff anyone on our patch. no mercy.”
“im not as sure of 3 points as a lot of others. Getting promoted isnt going to be easy with all the contenders that can beat any other team on thier day. so no game is a gimme. youd prefer to play them three or four months in. they will be full of confidence after thier win last week and for me are the best of the 3 teams that came up. thier top marksman is already off the mark and they will have a good away following im sure. Given al these points i still think that if we play close to our potential we should have too much for them and it is our opening home game too . but any below par performance will be punished.
one player they have that has impressed me each time i saw them on tv last season was O,Connell”
“no disrespect to Sheffield United, we should be winning this home game comfortably.”
“Never like playing the promoted teams in the first month. They often play well above themselves let’s hope we click a bit more like the last friendly”
“I want a boro win, I’d be extremely happy if we got the 3 points, but I think it’s more likely to be a draw and seeing as Sheffield Utd have a decent defence and we have struggled to put the ball in the net
“Midfield still dodgy with very little in the way of creativity, but e will scrape 3 points.
“It’ll probably be a dull 0-0. Start ’em they way we mean to go on.”
“Shocked Sheffield united haven’t sold out for sat. Still 600 left of a 2600 allocation ”
“Both them and Wednesday rarely sell out here.”
“Given the kick off time and it being on telly it aint a bad following to be fair”
“2600 – 90 mile drive each way – we would them out is about 75 minutes? 30 minutes if not on TV – strange they can get home crowds of 29k, but only 7% can be bothered to travel to fairly close game (80 minutes in the car)”
“Poor from them even with it being on TV, reckon we would take double that if we could”
“How much we charging? 30 quid? Better to save that and the petrol money for another day when it’s on the box.”
“They only went on general sale on Monday. Their crazy loyalty system probably inhibits away ticket sales.”
“well done them for not coming .If everyone stopped going or a bit the might re think ticket prices because if the don’t sky might stop offering mega bucks to these clubs if the think there’s no market or less market for it now or in the future .
Some if the big players are going to other leagues now and clubs are finding it harder to entice the best over here due to they emergence of other forgien clubs paying top whack fees and wages .
Fair does to those that come but I think long term it’s better for all concerned to congratulate the ones that have gave it the fingers .”