Why Chris Wilder always knew his Middlesbrough side were ready for a tough night’s work against Blackpool


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Blackpool 1-2 Middlesbrough: The heartbreak of the last breath sees Neil Critchley’s team come to an end …

The patched-up Seasiders carried the game to Wilder’s form team, who have now won five of their last six games.

Neil Critchley’s men created the best chances and came close to scoring several times before Shayne Lavery’s late equalizer, hitting the post twice.

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But the visitors, who had previously taken the lead thanks to Andraz Sporar’s quality moment, snatched victory from death thanks to substitute Duncan Watmore.

“Some wins are different,” Wilder told the Northern Echo.

“I came straight out of the field this weekend. I thought it was fair for the players to take advantage of the victory. But tonight was different and, if you want a successful second half of the season, you need nights like this.

“I am not embarrassed to take advantage of such a victory. If people talk about us celebrating like we did this or that, well, we won a game in front of 3,000 fans who traveled, didn’t know if the game was on or off. Why can’t we celebrate like this?

Chris Wilder, Middlesbrough boss

“If you look at the supporters here – 30,000 at the weekend, sell Huddersfield, sell Stoke, a decent crowd against Bournemouth tonight, sell Bramall Lane. The connection between supporters and players is enormous.

“We’re going to have nights where we don’t play as well as we would like, but it’s about getting the result and keeping it. We did and we are delighted that the supporters are happy.

“We have been confined for so long. This football club is the center of town, the neighborhood, they love the club. They get right behind. “

Wilder added: “It’s not like we wanted it to be, but as someone once told me, there are no photos on a golf scorecard.

“We found a way to get a result. We weren’t at our best, but I always knew it would be a tough game.

“Blackpool were aggressive, they played forward and asked us questions defensively. It’s the championship, isn’t it? There are different obstacles to overcome.

“We would have liked to overcome this easier or better, but the team showed other characteristics and qualities.”

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