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Here we go Again!!!! No......patience is the key!

So within the space of 48 hours sectors of the Blues faithful went from saying they were optimistic and willing to give Clark a chance to impress with a new squad, to saying 'Clark out!', 'we are going down' etc etc etc....

Agreed, Saturday was a disappointing start to the season, but Middlesborough are a decent side, they spent money in the summer (notably 3.5 million on a striker) and let's face it.....other than Zigic's goal and a 1-0 victory 2 seasons ago, I can't remember us EVER getting any kind of decent result at Ayesome Park or The Riverside. Adding to the fact that Blues haven't won away from home on the first day of the season since 1998 (2-0 at Port Vale - Furlong and Adebola) it was always going to be a tough as.

Am I making excuses? Maybe I am but to start getting on the managers back after one game is pure insanity, Huddersfield Town sacked Mark Robins after they got thumped at home to Bournemouth, is that the right way to go??? Any sane and informed football fan, although unsurprised by anything that happens in football these days, must surely agree that sacking a manager after one game of a season isn't the correct way to do things.

I know LC will always have people calling for his head. (I called for Steve Bruce's 2 years before he finally went) but an element of perspective has to be employed......we have a brand new team, we have 45 games left of a very, very long season ahead and as Steve Watson has already said publicly, every member of the squad is going to be needed throughout the season.....

Can you honestly expect Clark to use the same XI every single game???? Of course not.....players will have to be rotated. Personally I didn't think there was anything wrong with the starting line up on Saturday, with a strong bench, it was clear that Clark wanted to be in the game with 30 minutes to go and try and win the game from there. Ok it didn't quite work on the day but what would we all be saying if LC had gone more offensive and we ended up losing the game 4-0?

We were successful away from home last season......I expect us to be just as successful away from home again this season but our victories on the road came at clubs in the bottom half of the division, Blackburn were the highest placed team we beat away from St. Andrews and realistically were not going to go away to the top teams and win.

The most important thing at the start of this season is getting up and running at Home, Victory tonight at home to Cambridge is so important, not for the team but the Fans. Even with an Average home record this season and the same kind of away record then Blues will be comfortably in the mid table come the end of the season.

After what was a torrid season in 2013/14 then a mid table finish would have to be viewed as an achievement considering no investment has been made in the squad other than the volume of bodies brought in.

And on the topic of investment ,David Davis arrived from Wolves on Monday. Not a player that we would know a great deal about (simply because no-one pays any attention to what Wolves are upto) however I do remember him putting in a terrific performance at St.Andrews in our last Premier league season. If I remember correctly he more or less set up all the goals in a 3-2 Dingle win. So a fresh start for someone who is still young but has Premier League experience, something that only Paul Robinson has in our squad.

Three Home games on the trot now and all being well 3 victories to appease the critics and kick start the season.

Keep Right On!
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Read More:

- Video: Middlesbrough 2-0 Birmingham

- David Davis Signs for Blues

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Writer:Chris Edge
Date:Tuesday August 12 2014
Time: 11:32AM


Interesting point about the away form and who we should expect to be beating and who not. I'm perfectly happy with going away to the teams around us and beating them, that usually pits you just above them come the end of the season.
12/08/2014 11:36:00
With all that has been said about our good away form. People have never really analysed who we have been beating......the stand out away game last season is when we got hammered at Burnley right at the start of the season. Everybody went mad but Burnley went on to get promoted....expectation have to be real
12/08/2014 11:40:00
I agree with Chris. But that only works if you win at home haha
12/08/2014 12:28:00
Yeah Sask haha......can't possibly have another season at home like we did!!!!! Famous last words ...
12/08/2014 12:31:00
If you've jinxed us now... ;) haha! I just want us to win home and away.. Too much to ask? :P
12/08/2014 12:56:00
Your recall of results is 2nd to none! - fantastically levelling analysis. Middlesbrough could well be in there fighting for top 6, a fair distance away from where we would be hoping for. In that respect we didn't do too badly (granted we didnt do well), but I take your point, expectations were unrealistic from sections of the support.
12/08/2014 13:17:00
And I'm pretending last season's home record didn't happen, either that or I shall be too afraid to go on saturday.
12/08/2014 13:19:00
I think 'Boro can make play offs so we shouldn't be too disheartened. We can't compare anything to last season as we have virtually an entirely different squad haha
12/08/2014 13:55:00
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