Blackburn Program Notes
It felt wonderful to walk away from Molineux celebrating Boro's first win on the road since beating Aston Villa on November 8th. Before the game some fans were of the opinion that an FA Cup run would be an unwelcome distraction but the win at Wolves was vital for fans and players alike.
It is fair to assume that the player's confidence was as low as ours so to beat the Championship leaders when we were most pundits' underdogs was a massive relief. Attention can now be turned back on arresting our slide down the league table. Today's game is yet another six-pointer.
Have you noticed how many games this season have been dubbed "the most important so far?" A number of fixtures both home and away have been hyped up as being critical to our chances of avoiding relegation.
Today's game is the latest. All remaining home games are vital. Fans have got to realise that we have a major part to play. Now is the time for the manager and players to earn their money but it is also time for us fans to show some character. We expect the players to be up for fight and play for the shirt at the very least because it's their job, a job they are paid very generously to do.
For us fans Middlesbrough Football Club isn't a job. For the majority of us it's very much a way of life. The Club dominates our thoughts and provides most of our highs and lows. We support this team because of our pride in the shirt and the area. Now is the time to show that pride.
In recent home games I think it's fair to say that the nervous energy from the stands has transmitted itself onto the pitch.
At a time when American politics is so topical, excuse me as I borrow from a famous speech. Boro fans: ask not what your club can do for you; ask what you can do for your club.
Show some belief in the team. Show them how much this Club means to us. We're all in this together so let's remain positive and help the team climb the league table.