ARE AITOR’S MEN NORTH EAST’S FINEST?
WHO is the best side in the north east? On this evidence, it isn’t Newcastle United or Sunderland. It’s the unfashionable rabble from down the road.
Right now, that’s a matter of opinion. By August, it may be a matter of fact. Whilst the two fallen giants thrash around in the Premier League quagmire, Boro – for so long the poor relation – march inexorably on. In games gone by, Boro’s defensive excellence has masked a dearth of threat. And while that granite back four remains the bedrock of their success, attacking displays like this will soon see that gap at the top stretch to a chasm. How sweet it would be for their fans if they swiped the Premier League millions from under their local rivals’ noses. Derby shouldn’t be too disheartened; the Rams simply met a superior opponent at the top of their game.
Boro remain formidable opponents and, with a couple of new recruits, will be challenging for the title all the way.