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IN The Gazette, Thursday, September 28, there were four pages of analysis/post-mortems on Boro's defeat against Norwich.

Most of this concerns statistics, team formations, individual players and recent trends.

I attended this match, also the QPR game and Augsburg friendly.

What is apparent in these games, but lacking in The Gazette, are two standout features.

Firstly, the lack of a quality attacking central midfield player capable of unlocking defences. Ideally a leader on the pitch. The best we've got is probably Leadbitter.

Secondly, the lack of anticipation in too many Boro players. This is essential with defenders although lacking in Fabio. It is the reason why Norwich won the majority of second balls, especially in Boro's midfield and attack.

What concerns me most is that anticipation, instinct and reading the game aren't qualities you can teach a footballer.

P MARSH, Middlesbrough

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
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Date:Oct 7, 2017
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