Nightmare on Anfield Road
Last Updated: 30/08/08 6:06pm
More late disapointment for Gareth Southgate
Boro fan Dan Gilgan vents his frustration as another potentially good day turned sour for Gareth Southgate's side thanks to a last minute Steven Gerrard goal at Anfield.
"'Afternoons like this, that promised so much, only to end in bitter disappointment are starting to give me nightmares!" Quotes of the week
It was 1976 when Middlesbrough last came away from Anfield with all three points. When Mido sent a low drive into the back of the Liverpool net, midway through the second half, I thought finally the tide had turned. And I can honestly say at that point we deserved to be in front after a well organised, hard working display.
Sadly the afternoon was to end in utter frustration, as two late strikes turned the game. I'm tempted at this point to bemoan our bad luck - Liverpool's equaliser took a wicked deflection past Ross Turnbull in the Boro goal. But that would be to paper over the cracks. Middlesbrough's habit of conceding late goals cost us too many points last season and it's something we simply must address if we are going to progress this season.
Yes, we played a great game for 80 odd minutes, we were well-organised at the back, Wheater, Huth, Pogatetz were outstanding. Up front Tuncay ran himself into the ground and almost scored with a wonderful turn inside the Liverpool box and Southgate made a great substitution, bringing on Mido to score that sizzling strike.
But until we learn that a match lasts 90 minutes we are going to keep losing games like this. Middlesbrough have to stop coming away from defeats feeling 'pleased with the performance'.
I don't want to be one of these whinging, negative Boro fans and I have to say that I'm 100 per cent behind Southgate and Gibson. But afternoons like this, that promised so much, only to end in bitter disappointment are starting to give me nightmares!
Oh well, the great thing about being a football fan is that a win next week, at home to Stoke City and all this frustration will just seem like a distant memory!