Ali Brownlee's funeral procession has passed through the Riverside Stadium to allow Middlesbrough fans to pay their respects.Read the full story ›
The latest blog from Robert Nichols reflecting on Boro crashing out of the FA Cup at their very first hurdle at home to Burnley.Read the full story ›
The latest blog from Martyn McFadden after Sunderland head out of the FA Cup third roundRead the full story ›
Fan's Blog - a Sunderland's supporter's view of victory over VillaRead the full story ›
The latest blog from Boro fan Rob NicholsRead the full story ›
Another game, another defeat, and the door to the Championship creaks open even wider. Martyn McFadden looks at the state of SAFC.Read the full story ›
By Martyn McFadden
It’s a long week in football when you’ve lost a game, but it gets even longer when you’ve lost two. Lose three off the belt and the seven days between games can seem like a lifetime. After what we did at City, it’s already feeling an eternity to the Liverpool game…and it’s only Sunday morning.
Sam reckons that “It’s time to make some decisions about the squad” and that’s impossible to disagree with. Many supporters have already made their decisions, but the size of the crowds at the SoL show that the decision of most has been to stick with the Lads, whatever is happening. After all, it’s not as if we haven’t been through this sort of thing before, but the decisions Sam has to make are who to play where. The most obvious place for concern is up front – I know, things are hardly rosy at the back, but the choices there are fairly straightforward. He plays two or three centre halves, depending on who is fit. He plays two of the three full backs at his disposal, either as orthodox fullbacks or wingbacks. Up front, there are Borini, Fletcher, Defoe, Watmore, and Graham. That’s five to fit into two or three places, and we are yet to see which is the most effective combination. For a while, Fletch and Defoe seemed the choice, then Borini and Watmore came into the equation – and there’s always Graham. Little and large, large and larger, little and little, or any of those plus one.
I don’t know, and more importantly neither does Sam. None of them has really worked, but if we are to pull off something really clever and stay up, we need to find a combination that does.
"What a fabulous performance and what an outstanding result" - Read Robert Nichols' thoughts on Boro's 3-0 win away at Brighton.Read the full story ›
"We simply were no match for them." Read what Martyn McFadden thought of Sunderland's efforts against Chelsea.Read the full story ›
The pressure is now on for Allardyce to get results over the Christmas period, as entering January in the bottom three is a bad omen.Read the full story ›