So, the first 90 mins are done and dusted with Aston Villa taking a slender lead back to Villa Park on Tuesday with a hard-fought 1-0 win.
Boro this weekend go into a huge two legged crunch tie with Brummie giants Aston Villa in what should be great two games of football. With match ups on and off the field like Pulis v Bruce, Adama vs Adomah and Jedinak vs Besic, it should be a mouth watering prospect.
Ah, the play-offs. I think of them and come out in a cold sweat. Recent memories don’t help in all fairness.
After a rollercoaster season we’ve finally achieved a place in the top 6 and barring a total collapse against Ipswich on the final day and a big Derby win, it looks like we’ll be finishing in 5th and set to play Aston Villa over what should be two very tense legs of football.
Let us not put a spin on this, Middlesbrough FC have struggled this season.
It was uncomfortable and unfortunate to see Garry Monk appearing in celebratory mood on Channel 5 after we knew he had been sacked. It made his sacking more heartless than it was. From the Chairman’s point of view this week would be perfect timing if he was minded to sack Monk.
Last night we were greeted with the shock news that Gary Monk had been relieved of his duties at the Riverside, after a decent win away at Sheffield Wednesday (Carvahal also walking today from his post) I thought it might earn Monk a reprieve of sorts but it wasn't to be.
£50m spent, 10 new arrivals in the summer, a whole new coaching team, a disjointed and unbalanced side with no identity or real potential. That is how to best summarise Garry Monk’s brief but disappointing reign with Middlesbrough Football Club.
There have been many games over the last year and a half when I've cried out for the rapid Adama to come on and change a lacklustre Boro performance either in the Premier League or this season in the Championship, but I'm beginning to question whether his potential is now becoming something of a burden.
Somewhere between fans over exaggerated worry that promotion is impossible to achieve and the unconditionally blinkered belief that it will just click, there’s a truth that the opening quarter of the season simply hasn’t been good enough.