Time to recharge the batteries

Last updated : 06 December 2005 By Reggie Holdsworth
. . . and take time to recharge their batteries ahead of a hectic festive program.

Their league form has been inconsistent to say the least, with magnificent wins over Arsenal and Manchester United at the Riverside, offset by the humiliating defeat by the Makems.

Their Cup form has been more impressive, particularly in Europe where they are yet to concede a goal. A good win next week should see them qualify as group winners and increase the chances of progressing further than the last 16, like last year.

A result against Blackburn in the Carling Cup would keep Boro’s interest going in four competitions and keep the morale and spirit in the club at a high level.

The festive games have been somewhat of a struggle in recent years with the inevitable New Year slump to follow, but trends do change, so we can only hope that this is the year.

It is now over a year since Boro recorded two back-to-back victories in the league, but even so, they are well placed for a push up the table in the New Year.

Starting with Liverpool on Saturday Boro have four games in twelve days, and that’s before the festive program starts, with four games in eight days. It’s going to be tough, but that’s the price of progress and success.