Down by the Riverside
No Goals at the Riverside
By Borofan - Football Network
February 21 2009

Manager: Gareth Southgate

Troubling times on Teesside continue following todays 0-0 draw in a must win game at the Riverside against Wigan Athletic. Boro's winless streak now amounts to no win in fourteen games, and todays game showed little signs of rectifying this watched by an ever dwindling Middlesbrough crowd of 24,000 fans.

Boro remain firmly secured in the relegation zone merely one point above West Bromwich Albion, who coincidentally have a game in hand. Particularly worrying from todays game was the complete and utter lack of activity in front of goal. While Alves has looked mercilessly devoid of confidence up-front it seemed today that there was little he could do in a game where he saw so little of the ball. Stewart Downing looked bright in his new role in the hole, but yet again there was little forward play for Boro fans to get excited about. The revelation of brad Jones and a more confident defence has at least led to less goals being shipped in at the back, but the fact of the matter is that today surely was a must win game.

While the majority of Boro fans have many positive views and thoughts on Southgate - a faithful captain who aided us lifting the Carling Cup in 2004, questions are of course being raised about his managerial ability. Some fans have suggested that a figure similar to Venables with Robson in the 2000-01 season may be necessary to help Boro avoiding the drop, a view that I myself agree with but doubt the club has the funding to provide such an experienced figure. Boro's next game is at home against Liverpool, and some would say anything from this game would be a good result, but the fact of the matter is a win has to come from somewhere fast.