Written by Tom Flight
I need to stay away from the internet when watching Boro these days. Some of the fans literally would rather go out and get beat 6-0 as long as we “had a go.” Aitor Karanka and chairman Steve Gibson are in the business of survival this season, and the result at Vicarage Road gave us a crucial point towards achieving that goal.
Boro rode their luck, and Watford will certainly feel they deserved all 3 points, but Boro put in another tough defensive performance, and Victor Valdes showed again how nice it is to have a world class keeper between the sticks.
Karanka broke from his usual tradition of waiting until the last 5 minutes to make any attacking substitutes, by bringing on new signing Rudy Gestede on 65 minutes for a much improved Cristhian Stuani. By making an attacking substitution with 25 minute left on the clock, it showed a rare willingness from Karanka to “have a go” and seek 3 points, and Gestede almost scored the winner with a 20-yarder that just cleared the bar. Fans will criticise Karanka for never giving Jordan Rhodes his chance, but for whatever reason Karanka just doesn’t like Rhodes, but he does like Gestede, and that should be encouraging for the fans. If we can add Bojan from Stoke, which looks increasingly likely, plus another winger, Boro will create more and the fans should be happier.
For now, we should be pleased with the point. Yes, the game was utterly forgettable, but that won’t matter if we’re still in the Premier League next season.
Boro fans, do you agree? Let us know in the comments below!