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I felt that we had the options and more creativity in the middle third with Bish and Skuse playing well together; but we relied too heavily on Parr (playing strangly as a right winger) cutting in and feeding Murphy. At the back Berra and Smith seemed to lack any cohesion and look as if the have never met each other, let alone should be playing in a partnership. Chambo was industrious and showed some nice positioning. Even though we were 2-1 going in at half time, I thought we still had enough about us to come away with something.
The second half came and we were a different team. Far from full of options and creativity we were full of misplaced passes, stratospherically high through balls and the tactical positioning of a team used to playing at 10 o'clock on a Sunday morning down on Dog Muck Park. The pace of Bamford and Adomah showed how woefully slow we are at the back. Bamford exposed us every time we pushed forward and there was no-one to keep up. This possibly is the job that should have been done by Mings. But don't even get me started on him - ineffective and too laid back that some might call him lazy...
I don't get to many games (living just outside Middlesbrough) but when I do I like to see a team that has desire and belief right through until the end. Whether they were shellshocked from Gerken's early injury, the goal from that incident or the fact that Middlesbrough is so damn far away we lost the necessary will to win before the game really got started.
Top 2 is now a distant dream and I want desperately to believe that Top 6 isn't either . If we play like we did in the second half again it will be. There is hope in Parr, Bish and Murph but the rest of the team need to buck there ideas up. Like most of us Town fans I'm disappointed but still hopeful.
Pilgrimblue added 16:27 - Mar 14
Will MM do anything? Not likely as he'll focus on their good play. He wont move Chambers in or replace Smith with Clarke. He wont drop Tabb for pace of Stewart or Connolly. One highlight for me was Parr so put him with Skuse who played well and then have some pace out wide.
carsey added 16:53 - Mar 14
Team set was typical McCarthy with players out of position again and the wrong formation.
@Boro were not that much better than us accept Bamford vs Smith which was really annoying considering Bamford shouldn't have been on the pitch after his assault on Berra in the first half.
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