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Match Day Thread Middlesbrough FC v Sunderland AFC – Sunday 4th February 2024 - KO 12:00

Discussion in 'Sunderland' started by RTB, Feb 1, 2024.

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Your Prediction:

Poll closed Feb 4, 2024.
  1. Home win

    9.7%
  2. Away win (Safc)

    56.9%
  3. Draw

    33.3%
  1. Smug in Boots

    Smug in Boots Well-Known Member

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    I've tried everyone but can't get any, sorry.
     
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  2. Prehab26

    Prehab26 Well-Known Member

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    Sent a couple of texts out but initial feedback looks to be a tough one.
     
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  3. Wayne the Punk

    Wayne the Punk Well-Known Member

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    I will be in Bedale watching in a pub
     
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  4. smithy in nl

    smithy in nl Well-Known Member

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    Still in Lithuania for this one but we got the win last wk so hopefully another tomorrow.
    Same team with maybe Rusyn in for Burstow for me.
     
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  5. dansafcman

    dansafcman Well-Known Member

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    Most new managers arrive at a club which is performing badly, implement changes and see immediate results (unless they're ****, or the team is beyond salvaging)

    Beale has come into a team that, in general, were performing well and just need to tweak some things to get that extra 10%. I think that is a much harder scenario to come into. Until you get it right, you might even have a slight negative impact.

    I've been critical of Beale myself, especially how late he makes subs in the game and some game management choices, but I still think there is more chance of Beale coming good for us and not bombing out.

    Imo, we'll start seeing improvement from this week onwards, now that he knows the players and has had time to work with them. Solid performance against Boro, then going on a good run.
     
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  6. gelders pie

    gelders pie Well-Known Member

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    Great start to the build up from RTB, thankyou.
    Won’t be easy but I think we can do a 2-0 “job”
     
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  7. vinkel

    vinkel Well-Known Member

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    Pardon me, smart arse if you dont mind.
     
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  8. Smug in Boots

    Smug in Boots Well-Known Member

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    Seelt has the attributes we need to show against Boro imo. I cringe sometimes with how easily big lads, like Ekwah, Jobe, etc, fail to challenge strongly or hang a leg out as an excuse for a tackle.

    The midfield also need to track back better and actually defend set pieces rather than expect Ballard and O'Nien to win every header.

    Boro have just lost an important player and took a real battering at Chelsea ...

    ... not the worst time to play them.
     
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  9. Robertson

    Robertson Well-Known Member

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    RTB <applause>

    As long as we say it’s not a proper derby, Boro will have the edge imo as that suits them. We’ve got to be bang up for it and want it more, then Clarke, Ba and co can do the damage.
     
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  10. Neil

    Neil Well-Known Member

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    It counts a derby for me these days. The skunks are an irrelevance now, they can feck off to some morraly corrupt middle east sponsored super league.

    As long as we don't pick up any injuries I'll be happy, but I reckon we will get a hard fought win. Stewart managed to get injured there before they even kicked off, so watch out for their crap pitch.
     
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  11. TopCat_

    TopCat_ Well-Known Member

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    Not even close for me. I've not given the game a 2nd thought.
     
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  12. TopCat_

    TopCat_ Well-Known Member

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  13. Jack Ford

    Jack Ford Well-Known Member

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    Matter of opinion mate,imo it could be argued either way.
     
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  14. clockstander

    clockstander Well-Known Member

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    Many thanks RTB for another MDT <applause> We can win it , ref permitting, by playing football , 4/4/2 is the way, OaU
     
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  15. RTB

    RTB Well-Known Member

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  16. Neil

    Neil Well-Known Member

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    I'm biased. Being from Sedgefield, the split at school was mainly between the neanderthal smoggie fans, and the more sensible thinking Sunderland fans. There weren't that many mags fans around. Boro came nowhere near either Sunderland or Newcastle in their attendances or achievements, and were historically only ever a second division team, so were quite rightly never thought of as a serious rival or a derby match, but if you were going to get punched after being asked "who do you support", then you could bet that the knuckles coming at your face would have had BORO stamped into them with a compass and a bottle of quink.
     
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  17. Bob the Mackem

    Bob the Mackem Well-Known Member

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    Thanks anyhow, cheers
     
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  18. Essayyeffcee

    Essayyeffcee Well-Known Member

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    Watched Beale's press conference and was pleased that he wouldn't accept it as a derby, rather "a team down the road". Wonder who's been giving out the advice. I'll take a draw and hope for the win. HTL
     
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  19. Hudson92

    Hudson92 Well-Known Member

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    Dare I say it, started to warm to him a little after watching that and his presser the other day
     
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  20. Essayyeffcee

    Essayyeffcee Well-Known Member

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    He does seemed to have settled down after his little rant of a presser. Mind you, you couldn't really blame him after all the **** he copped
     
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