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There was a football match going on in Middlesbrough, not that you’d have known it. For those locals who had returned to Planet Earth after the amazing scenes here last Thursday night all the talk can you pick the most expensive canada goose parka was of Eindhoven, buy canada goose jacket nyc or more precisely how to get tickets for Boro’s first appearance in a European final on 10 May.
In the press room the only subject on the agenda was Steve McClaren’s future. Had he or hadn’t he been offered the England job since Luiz Felipe Scolari’s sudden U-turn? Did he still want the position given his failure to land it first time around? Would he now do a Martin O’Neill and put family first, given The Sun’s revelation of an extramarital affair?
Even parts of Teesside appeared to have forgotten about this fixture judging by some of the gaps in the crowd, although a few dented bank accounts thanks to 10 games in April may have had something to do with it. ‘This season had already been one big roller-coaster, but what’s happened over the last two or three weeks has just been beyond the realms of comprehension,’ said 74-year-old season ticket holder Wilfred Pretty, whose journey from Nottingham to Teesside along with son Graham had taken a slight diversion via the passport office in Durham.
‘The club wanted details of passport numbers and things like that before we could go into the ticket ballot for Eindhoven, but Graham realised his was out of bu sees a spike in canada goose buying a canada goose jacket online jacket thefts date so we’ve been there to try and make sure it gets fast-tracked in time.’ And Wilfred’s take on McClaren? ‘He should have got it first time round. It’s what you do with the youngsters that counts, and we’ve got some marvellous youngsters here.’
McClaren made no mention of the England farce or the state of his marriage in his programme notes for a fixture between two sides with buy canada goose parka ottawa absolutely nothing left to play for in the league. Boro, however, did get a look-in. ‘This is the season that has had everything,’ he wrote, as much with miserable home defeats to the likes of Sunderland, Charlton and Villa in mind as logic-defying European comebacks.
‘And it still isn’t over. How do we follow that next season?’ Quite, especially if the man responsible is canada goose coat – hybridge lite not in charge any more. If this was to be McClaren’s last appearance at the Riverside, then it passed benefits of canada goose jacket without any noticeable outpouring of emotion from the faithful here. No banners of support or chants, though the man himself was roundly applauded to his seat in the dugout – the same dugout where as recently as February he had a season ticket thrown in his face by a disgruntled local.
And the game itself? Well, Boro made nine changes to the side who started in last Thursday’s Uefa Cup semi-final, McClaren allowing some of the fringe members of his squad the chance to shine ahead of what promises to be the biggest night in the club’s history. Unfortunately, few took the opportunity against an Everton side who for 89 minutes gave the impression they could not wait for what has been a disappointing season to end. One shot on target from both can i wash my canada goose coat sides throughout the entire first half – a James Beattie effort parried by Brad Jones – tells the story.
Jones was again forced into action in the 59th minute, diving well to his left to block James McFadden’s free-kick. By that time, his opposite number Richard Wright had left the pitch, having been injured diving at Malcolm Christie’s feet. Iain Turner took over between Everton’s posts. He may as well not have bothered. Boro failed to trouble him at all, though Yakubu Aiyegbeni should have hit the target from 15 yards in can you wash a canada goose coat the 86th minute instead of finding the crowd. Not that their fans seemed fussed.
‘Que Sera Sera, whatever will be will be, we’re going to PSV,’ they sang, even after McFadden had run on to a long bouncing ball from Leon Osman to lob the advancing Jones from 30 yards buy canada goose jacket online cheap to win the game with one minute of normal time remaining.
MAN OF THE MATCH – Adam Johnson
Not many contenders, but Johnson on Middlesbrough’s left impressed with his running and commitment, if not with the final delivery. Word is he has the potential to improve on Stewart Downing. Time will tell.