Saturday, August 27, 2005

They who dare win (3-0 like)

After another poor display from the Boro in last Saturday's 2-0 defeat by Spurs, Middlesbrough finally opened a goal-scoring account with a 3-0 tonking of an unbelievably pap Birmingham on Tuesday night.

Boro eased their way to victory in a cracking display of football, seeming to have listened to critics about the last 2 matches (0-0 with Liverpool and the 2-0 loss to Tottenham that luckily I missed completely due to 18th birthday party preparations in my house) at last, practicing some finishing and actually daring to attack. Can we please see more of this playing to win rather than the playing not to lose that seems to be increasingly characterising the league recently?

Viduka, fit (but for how long?) and in for the already injured Yakubu, opened the scoring after 14 minutes with a powerful shot from a low James Morrison cross and had a couple more chances before the piece de resistance - an absolute wonder goal just before the close of the first half from a throw in just near the corner flag. Getting round two defenders with one touch, then another before unleashing an unstoppable curving shot from an almost impossible angle into the top corner past a helpless keeper. I may be biased, but if that isn't goal of the season I'll eat my hat. Luckily I have a hat made of cheese so it's a win win situation.

Quedrue sealed the victory on the 70th minute with a close range goal from a Downing free kick as Steve Bruce presumably cried and got out his dictionary of swear words ready for the dressing room shoot out.

With Morrison and Downing on the wings, Boateng continuing to play as he has been, Southgate keeping up the top notch defending and Viduka hopefully remaining uninjured for a good while things are looking good. Can't wait for the 0-0 draw with Charlton tomorrow.

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