More signings needed, but...

Matt

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Why can't we play well for more than a half at a time? We seem to either start great and fade in the 2nd half, or come out for the 2nd half fired up after a terrible first half

It's been this way for a while now
 

Matt

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This is what's confusing me... Because against WBA first half we absolutely dominated them. 2nd half today we were fantastic. So if they weren't capable or weren't buying into it then surely it wouldn't happen at all

If it was always late in the game you could blame fitness maybe, but the fact it's from the off sometimes suggests it's not
 

Diego

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I can’t understand playing both Bola and Dijksteel today. Neither were great last week and we have Fry and McNair sitting on the bench. Surely away from home we should be a bit more defensive minded.
He’s trying to stick to the round pegs in round hole stall he set out. Not sure it’s the best way to go as things stand. Marc Bola shouldn’t be starting ahead of them 2.
 

asredastheycome

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Manager made an @rse of last sub. When McNair came on him, and Crooks started to link up with Jones and cause them big problems. He brought Smith on and moved McNair and Crooks and we never caused a threat on right after that. Jones was isolated and Smith hardly crossed the half way line.
We were done on the right side after that.
 
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Markviduka

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Manager made an **** of last sub. When McNair came on him, and Crooks started to link up with Jones and cause them big problems. He brought Smith on and moved McNair and Crooks and we never caused a threat on right after that. Jones was isolated and Smith hardly crossed the half way line.
We were done on the right side after that.
Agree. I thought he should have brought the kid on, completely lost the momentum.
 

Soutra

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The whole Boro summer transfer business looks weird. Most of you reckon Lumley was too error prone so Boro signed a goalie with a track record of huge mistakes. He made one today.

The defence last season was pretty good so Boro sign a centre half from Blackburn and bench one of last season's centre halves. Lenihan looks slow and has missed lots of games through suspensions, and was red carded today.

Tavernier transferred out but nobody brought in to replace him so far. Last season the big problem was lack of goals, but only one striker brought in so far. Akpom and Watmore? Dear God.

Meanwhile the season is underway, five more league games and a cup game before the transfer window closes. There's no urgency. It's just weird. It's like Wilder thinks this is preseason and it'll all start in September.
 

Diego

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The whole Boro summer transfer business looks weird. Most of you reckon Lumley was too error prone so Boro signed a goalie with a track record of huge mistakes. He made one today.

The defence last season was pretty good so Boro sign a centre half from Blackburn and bench one of last season's centre halves. Lenihan looks slow and has missed lots of games through suspensions, and was red carded today.

Tavernier transferred out but nobody brought in to replace him so far. Last season the big problem was lack of goals, but only one striker brought in so far. Akpom and Watmore? Dear God.

Meanwhile the season is underway, five more league games and a cup game before the transfer window closes. There's no urgency. It's just weird. It's like Wilder thinks this is preseason and it'll all start in September.
Another poor take from you. You are consistent, I will give you that.
 

lostinyorkshire

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The whole Boro summer transfer business looks weird. Most of you reckon Lumley was too error prone so Boro signed a goalie with a track record of huge mistakes. He made one today.

The defence last season was pretty good so Boro sign a centre half from Blackburn and bench one of last season's centre halves. Lenihan looks slow and has missed lots of games through suspensions, and was red carded today.

Tavernier transferred out but nobody brought in to replace him so far. Last season the big problem was lack of goals, but only one striker brought in so far. Akpom and Watmore? Dear God.

Meanwhile the season is underway, five more league games and a cup game before the transfer window closes. There's no urgency. It's just weird. It's like Wilder thinks this is preseason and it'll all start in September.

We are miles away from a promotion team we are kidding ourselves
 

starplayer

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That has to be down to the players then. They have shown they can do it for some of the game, so why not all of it. I think we need a reset in midfield and certainly genuine competition for all 3 places. We can be good in possession yet out of it and in transition we seem quite naïve. My optimism in the summer was based on Wilder getting the tools he needs. When he gets them I think we will do well.
 

equaliser

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That has to be down to the players then. They have shown they can do it for some of the game, so why not all of it. I think we need a reset in midfield and certainly genuine competition for all 3 places. We can be good in possession yet out of it and in transition we seem quite naïve. My optimism in the summer was based on Wilder getting the tools he needs. When he gets them I think we will do well.
I agree. Midfield has suddenly become a problem area and ultimately it's still where most games are won and lost. We need another proven player in there - have they really scouted for that area I wonder i.e. did they plan for Tav's leaving (you'd hope so)? We need that obscure Ligue 1 performer with magic feet, a Mahrez or Benrahma plucked out of nowhere who instantly looks a class above...
 

Chutney

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I agree. Midfield has suddenly become a problem area and ultimately it's still where most games are won and lost.
Don't think it's remotely sudden. It looked to be lacking in depth to begin with. Letting Payero go removed an option no matter how remote it was, selling Tav broadcast the fact at prime time on all channels. Bringing in one replacement addresses the most recent problem, but solves very little.
 

Funky_Chicken

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The whole Boro summer transfer business looks weird. Most of you reckon Lumley was too error prone so Boro signed a goalie with a track record of huge mistakes. He made one today.

The defence last season was pretty good so Boro sign a centre half from Blackburn and bench one of last season's centre halves. Lenihan looks slow and has missed lots of games through suspensions, and was red carded today.

Tavernier transferred out but nobody brought in to replace him so far. Last season the big problem was lack of goals, but only one striker brought in so far. Akpom and Watmore? Dear God.

Meanwhile the season is underway, five more league games and a cup game before the transfer window closes. There's no urgency. It's just weird. It's like Wilder thinks this is preseason and it'll all start in September.
Our keeper didn’t make an error, the referee did - a howler in fact, so much so he felt the need to come out with some bullshít comment trying to explain his mistake by saying our keeper isn’t strong enough.
 

Laughing

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Our keeper didn’t make an error, the referee did - a howler in fact, so much so he felt the need to come out with some bullshít comment trying to explain his mistake by saying our keeper isn’t strong enough.
It was a clear foul on the keeper, proffessional enough to be a yellow card. He wasn't challenging for the ball, his feet were planted and he gave the keeper a shove on the shoulder. This meant he misjudged the flight of the ball and it led to a goal.

Only watched the highlights today as I was travelling yesterday, but the first goal, whilst Jones did give it away, man, our defenderrs had chance after chance to leave a mark on the rangers player. He just brushed them aside.

I am a bit meh about the game as I didn't see it all, but we looked good in the second half. Our offside goal didn't look like it to me, but, in the highlights you couldn't see the position of giles, I think, when the ball was passed. He may have been offside, but unlikely.
 
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