A Chink Of Daylight?
PHEW! The boss had finally dubbed the weekly six pointer a "must win match" and Boro duly delivered with a spirited if sometimes scrappy display in a crucial 3-1 win over a tame Tigers side that now look prime candidates for the drop.
Boro played with energy, purpose and a bit of steel at the back and were roared on by a galvanised crowd to a deserved victory. Yes, there were jittery moments: Brad Jones spilled a few balls in the box to cause chaos, David Wheater had to nod one of the line and there was the mandatory slow motion late retreat to the 18 yard line inviting pressure - but then, this is Boro and that comes as part of the package.
What we also got this time was a few breaks - a dodgy corner that led to a goal, some generous refereeing, that 'player scoring against former club' routine working in our favour for a change - and some decent finishing plus more than two goals for the first time this season. Now we need to push on and complete a great escape. Come on!