Middlesbrough Paper View

Last updated : 05 March 2006 By Brian Cartlidge

Viduka's flourish lifts Boro

The Riverside Stadium finally cast off its unwanted reputation as open house for the Premiership's waifs and strays to leave Birmingham City facing the mother of all local derbies next week. Telegraph

Boro see light as Viduka darkens Bruce's mood

It may be too soon to suggest that Middlesbrough's relegation fears have been banished but after another rewarding 90 minutes in their current resurgence, Steve McClaren's side can start to breathe a little more easily, having opened up a gap of 11 points between themselves and those clubs most deeply mired in the battle to stay up. Independent

Viduka leaves Birmingham staring into the abyss

Mark Viduka is far from certain to be at Middlesbrough next season but if he does leave, he will do so in the knowledge that it was his goal that all but banished any prospect of a tense struggle to stay in the Premiership. Times

Viduka makes a timely return to increase pressure on Bruce

Middlesbrough had just lost 4-0 to Aston Villa and the Riverside was in meltdown. While players sat in tears in the home dressing room, fans vented their spleen on chairman Steve Gibson outside in the car park. One irate punter hadn't even made it that far, having been arrested for invading the pitch during the game before hurling his season ticket into manager Steve McLaren's face. A month on, and the Riverside is a happier ship, courtesy of nine points from three league games plus continued progress in the FA Cup. Observer