Middlesbrough match a huge one for Newcastle

Words by Kevin Doocey on .

### Taylor - Lets hope he’s on target again this year

It wasn’t a good year for North-East football last year for sure, with us and Middlesbrough taking the drop to the Coca Cola Championship and Sunderland just about surviving the final few pressurizing games. In a game we needed to win and I’m not talking about Aston Villa and that day but rather of the game at home to Middlesbrough where we got what many people thought was the three points which would’ve kept us up. I must say, honestly, I wasn’t one of them. I need that we’d mess up again somewhere along the road and at home to Portsmouth happened to be it, for me anyway.

Now, both us and Middlesbrough are in the Championship and both looking in decent shape of late. Middlesbrough have had a mixed season, getting rid of Gareth Southgate and appointing Gordon Strachan. They’ve seen some mixed results so far,.

Our campaign so far has been pretty flawless but that’s not to say we’ll be under immense pressure against Middlesbrough, and more important our rivals come the 20th of December.

We’re at home and hopefully that will see us beat Middlesbrough in what will be a real tests of this squads ability and nerves for sure. It will the first time in a long time we’ve come up against a former Premier League force and the rivalry in the sky, will no doubt ensure an exciting encounter.

Not to mention the bragging rights of course 😀

Comments welcome.

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richietoon: ⏱ 14/12/2009

didn't know maclaren was back..does strachan know?

richietoon: ⏱ 14/12/2009

didn't know maclaren was back..does strachan know?

JackP: ⏱ 14/12/2009

Who's Necwatsle United? (see html page title...)

JackP: ⏱ 14/12/2009

Who's Necwatsle United? (see html page title...)

Doocey: ⏱ 14/12/2009

Haha, my bad sorry. Thanks for pointing our Jack P & Richie

Doocey: ⏱ 14/12/2009

Haha, my bad sorry. Thanks for pointing our Jack P & Richie

Ray Mossom: ⏱ 14/12/2009

What bragging rights Midlesborough isn't a derby the only derby is with S*nderland. Middlesborough are from Yorkshire, they're just another mid-table CC side we should beat easily

Ray Mossom: ⏱ 14/12/2009

What bragging rights Midlesborough isn't a derby the only derby is with S*nderland. Middlesborough are from Yorkshire, they're just another mid-table CC side we should beat easily

chuck: ⏱ 15/12/2009

Bunch of nitpickers here Doocey, pay no attention, it is considered somewhat of a derby game and is an important challenge.

chuck: ⏱ 15/12/2009

Bunch of nitpickers here Doocey, pay no attention, it is considered somewhat of a derby game and is an important challenge.