Q&A With Middlesbrough

  • October 27, 2012 | By Robert Hurst
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Bolton travel to Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon and we have got the views of a Boro supporter ahead of the game.

Saturday's game at the Riverside Stadium will be the first time the two sides have met since April 2009, when Gary Megson's Wanderers side ran out 4-1 winners at the Reebok Stadium.

In fact, Bolton are unbeaten in their last four games against Boro, winning the last three, so they will be looking to extend that run and ensure Jimmy Phillips ends his time as interim manager unbeaten.

In the latest edition of Q&A, we have been to oneBoro, to get the views of Boro supporter p_mards.

Q: Middlesbrough currently occupy 3rd place on the Championship. How has your season been so far?

A: Our season has been steady, yet unimpressive at the same time. Before we won our last three games, it was looking like a promotion challenge was off the cards, for the moment, with us carrying so many key injurys that have really limited us. Especially scoring and creating goals.

But, lately, we have got Adam Reach, Marvin Emnes and Ishmael Miller back fit and we are looking far more capable going forward. Emnes' return has helped us the most, as he is key to how we attack, as we need him dropping back into midfield to build up attacks.

Q: With your good start to the season, is promotion a strong possibility?

A: Promotion is a strong possibility IF we can keep in the mix by January, as we are without Rhys Williams and Mustapha Carayol until then, who are key to us.

Our depth in wide midfield is our biggest worry for a promotion charge, as the only quality attacking players we have are Reach and Mustapha Carayol. With latter out until January, we have been using CM's or Faris Haroun to fill in, which it limits us going forward compared to Carayol.

Tony Mowbray has said recently that he would ideally like another Carayol-type player to add depth, so hopefully, in January, we can add the much needed depth for a storming finish to the season.

Q: Bolton appointed Dougie Freedman as their manager on Thursday following Owen Coyle's sacking. Do you rate Freedman as a manager?

A: Freedman has done nothing spectacular to make me think he will set the place alight, but he is taking over a good solid squad, so he has a good foundation to work from.

It is a great chance for him to prove himself with a better squad than he had at Crystal Palace.

Q: Do you think Bolton can recover from a poor start to the season and gain promotion under their new manager?

A: Bolton are in a false position, just like Freedman has Crystal Palace in a false position.

If he stayed there, the highest they'd have finished would have been mid-table, so he made the right decision to jump ship.

Had Bolton kept Coyle, then I'm sure they'd have been in and around the play-off/automatic promotion mix come the end of the season, so Freedman is coming in at the right time, as Bolton fans will be easy on him and give him a chance to prove himself with a squad better than you are positioned.

Q: Who has been Boro's most dangerous player so far this season?

A: There isn't a single player that has stood out this season as our most dangerous. We dont have a player that has been banging in all the goals for us. With 15 different goalscorers this season, Mowbray has assembled a squad that has goals from all over the field.

If the question was rephrased as our best 'performer' I'd say our goalkeeper, Jason Steele, who has been Premier League quality all season, with winning us crucial points.

Q: Which Bolton player do you think Tony Mowbray will be earmarking as a potential threat to the Boro net?

A: Mowbray will probably think your biggest threat will be from Mark Davies or Chris Eagles as they are both tidy, technical, players who Mowbray would love to have in his team.

Q: Finally, what do you think the final score will be at the Riverside on Saturday?

A: I'm feeling optimistic about the game so will say 2-0 to Boro.

The main reason for the optimism is that your defence isn't mobile, and Emnes and Miller will have plenty of joy running at them and getting in behind. Matt Mills in particular, from the little I've seen of him, is slow and will really struggle.

Burnden Aces would like to thank p_mards for volunteering to answer our questions. You can get more views from the Boro supporters by checking out our Q&A thread at oneBoro.

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