MID­DLES­BROUGH FLAWED, BUT NOT OUT

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

A VI­TAL win for Boro but also one that laid their fa­tal flaw bare.

Whilst the likes of Bournemouth and Wat­ford are characterised by their ruth­less­ness in front of goal, Boro sim­ply can­not hand out a hid­ing.

In the Pre­mier League, that’s not such a big deal. Liver­pool scored for fun last sea­son but were over­hauled by Man City’s mi­sers.

In the Cham­pi­onship, goals are the golden cur­rency and what will worry Boro is that if the top two goes beg­ging, one of Wat­ford, Nor­wich or Bournemouth will be wait­ing in the play-offs.

Yes, their de­fence is the best in the di­vi­sion, but can they outscore one of that lot over two legs? It will be a big ask.

As for Rother­ham, their sea­son does not hinge on away days at Boro. They al­ways lacked the class to test a side of this cal­i­bre.

A win at Ful­ham next week would surely keep them up and, bear­ing in mind that the Millers have scored lots, it would be richly de­served.

STAR MAN DANIE

L AYALA Mid­dle sbroug

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