It's only half time!

Last updated : 21 April 2006 By Reggie Holdsworth
Boro's narrow 1-0 defeat in Bucharest last night gives them a great chance of progressing to the UEFA Cup final in Eindhoven, but Boro are up against one of the meanest defences in Europe at the moment.

Steaua have only conceded four goals in the competition this season and if you look beyond that they have only conceded more than one goal, in all competitions, on three occasions in the past year.

Boro's task has been improved slightly with the suspension of two key Romanians for next weeks second leg. Banal Nicolita and Sorin Paraschiv were both booked last night and will miss the trip to the Riverside.

With a passionate crowd behind them and hopefully the return of Mark Viduka and Gareth Southgate, it should be a night to savour at the Riverside next Thursday.