Rover Joyed At Away Day Display
BORO'S win at table-topping Blackburn was a thoroughly professional away day perfromance that went some way to banishing the sting of Blackpool and settle the nerves and steady the knocking knees of the early wobblers.
Blackburn were top, unbeaten and had won all their previous home games. But Boro made it look easy in beating them. They were strong and organised at the back, efficient and tidy in the middle and pacy going forward on the break and two well taken goals by Lukas Jutkiewicz earned a deserved victory for a hard-working side that looked up for it.
Boro were patient in possession as they probed for gaps then looked threatening as they exploited them. And they were effective at the back too, Woodgate and Bikey snuffing out the threat of big money goal machine Rhodes and the full-backs blocking Rovers' attempts to get wide to provide crosses. It was a world away from Blackpool.
Scatter those stars around: Juke was excellent up front, Emnes looked bright and he and Carayol tore through Rovers' defence in the first half. McEachran and Thomson used the ball well in the middle to retain the ball and probe and pick out holes and Leadbitter buzzed around and got forward to support quickly. Boro created some good chances and should have had it wrapped up earlier - but you can't have everything
A good night's work. A good week's work in fact: yes, Blackpool was a bruising defeat but six points from three games in a tough week including trips to the top two puts Boro back on track, the first win on the road after three painful defeats ends any rising fears of some fundamental flaw or hoodoo and the spirited perfromance - and on TV too - will boost the flagging morale of some sections of the supporters.
It was great. More later.