On Friday night, Middlesbrough travelled to Birmingham in the hope of taking all 3 points back to Teeside to put themselves in the best position possible before the last game of the season against Brighton. However, all didn’t go to plan as the game ended as a 2-2 draw.
Stephen Gleeson put the home side in front with a wonderful 25-yard strike, despite a suspicion that it could have been saved by Dimi Konstantopoulos. Jordan Rhodes then drew level after an awful piece of goalkeeping from Adam Legzdins.
In the second half Gastón Ramírez put Boro ahead but David Davis replied with a fantastic strike.
The game didn’t go without any talking points and FLW writer Tom Rawcliffe chooses 3 things that we learnt from last night’s match including a huge talking point…
1) Video analysis is needed in football
With the score at 2-2, Middlesbrough always wanted to put themselves back in front so that they could take all three points from the game. And they thought that they had done just that when centre-back Daniel Ayala scored a fantastic goal.
However, after celebrations, the Boro players eventually saw that the linesman had raised his flag for offside against the Spaniard which replays have since shown to be an incorrect decision.
I appreciate that it is difficult for linesmen to make the right call every single time but in such massive games like this one, decisions have to be perfect.
There have been many incidents around the world like this one before that have screamed out for this to be used and it is being demanded now more than ever – does football need video replays to ensure the correct decision is made?
2) Middlesbrough could go 3rd
Now that Boro have dropped points, if Burnley either draw or win against QPR then they are guaranteed to leapfrog the Teeside club.
If Brighton manage to defeat Derby County at the AMEX on Monday then they will also go ahead of Middlesbrough up into 2nd place.
Boro do however know that no matter what happens elsewhere, if they win on the final day of the season against Brighton, they are promoted to the Premier League.
3) Birmingham not on the beach
Whilst attention is bound to be on promotion-chasing Middlesbrough, it has to be said that Birmingham should receive a lot of credit for the way that they perfomed.
It’s often the case at this point of the season that teams who have ‘nothing to play for’ start to take it easy and relax.
But Birmingham showed absolutely no sign of being on their holidays already as they gave Middlesbrough a tough test and fought all night long for a well-deserved point.
Birmingham and Middlesbrough fans…What did you make of the match? Did the Blues’ display impress you? Will Boro be promoted? Does video technology need to be introduced to the Championship? Have your say below!