According to The Teeside Gazette, Middlesbrough goalkeeper Darren Randolph has said that his team’s number of clean sheets means that his side are in line to get promoted.
While a solid defence is obviously a very enviable quality to have in a team, it creates new challenges for the club as opposing teams will be reluctant to attack.
The Boro have only conceded three goals this season, two of which were on the opening day against Millwall. This is a typical trait of a Tony Pulis side, organised and defensively resolute. While they have such an exemplary defensive record, they have only managed to score in one game out of their last four.
This creates a new problem for the club, as teams facing Middlesbrough will be unwilling to attack, knowing it will be fruitless, and will settle for a draw. Pulis must now find a way for his team to break down the defences that are stubborn.
Middlesbrough certainly have the firepower to break through any Championship team, and the likes of Britt Assombalonga and Martin Braithwaite looked capable of doing that at the beginning of the season, but their early season goal feast has dried up now.
Of course, this is not the worst problem to have for a manager, as a lot of great sides are built on their defence, but it now changes Pulis’ strategy. He can no longer rely on his setup, because, while that keeps goals out, it means they are lacking at the other end of the pitch. It will be very interesting to see how he overcomes this.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!
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