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Rebuilding job ahead for Middlesbrough chief Tony Pulis

THE parallels between Middlesbrough’s meek play-off semi-final exit of Tuesday night and what happened in their previous second-tier elimination at the same stage were there for all to see.

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Aston Villa goalkeeper Sam Johnstone jumps to claim the ball ahead of Middlesbrough's Ryan Shotton during last night's Championship semi-final play-off second leg at Villa Park (Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire)

Aston Villa 0 Middlesbrough 0 (agg 1-0): Tony Pulis rues lack of chances as Boro exit play-offs

VILLA PARK has provided some sweet memories for Middlesbrough over the years, but it has been interspersed with some painful episodes along the way.

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Team of the Season - Who were Yorkshire’s top performers in 2017-18?

IT seems to have been a long time coming but here, at last, is the line-up that we have determined to be the best performing one from a 2017-18 campaign that has naturally brought contrasting highs and lows for Yorkshire’s clubs.

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Determined: Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis.

Aston Villa v Middlesbrough: Boro aim to turn back clock in Wembley bid

THE sight of one of the most venerated footballing cathedrals in the country in Villa Park should provide Middlesbrough with at least a kernel of hope this evening.

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Bruce Rioch, pictured as Middlesbrough boss.

Bygones: How Bradford City and Middlesbrough overcame tough times to join race for top tier

FOR BRADFORD CITY and Middlesbrough, those bonds forged between players and supporters of their respective clubs in the mid-to-late 80s will never be broken.

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Middlesbrough's Fabio (centre left) and Ben Gibson show their frustration after the first leg at the Riverside Stadium. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA

Middlesbrough 0 Aston Villa 1: ‘Anything can happen’ says Tony Pulis after first leg setback

MIDDLESBROUGH boss Tony Pulis admitted his team were the clear underdogs after slipping to a 1-0 defeat at home to Aston Villa in the first leg of their Championship play-off semi-final.

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Middlesbrough's Adama Traore: Needs protection.

Middlesbrough v Aston Villa: Tony Pulis clears minds to get the Boro in focus

GIVEN Tony Pulis’s previous experience of the play-offs, he would be forgiven for not making any predictions whatsoever.

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Middlesbrough manager, Tony Pulis.

Ipswich Town 2 Middlesbrough 2: Villa ‘big favourites’ ahead of play-offs insists Boro boss Pulis

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis believes Aston Villa will be “big favourites” for their Championship play-off games.

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GREAT LEVELLER: Middlesbrough's Patrick Bamford. Picture: Nigel French/PA

Ipswich Town 2 Middlesbrough 2: Boro line-up Aston Villa play-off showdown after late Bamford leveller

Middlesbrough will face Aston Villa in the Sky Bet Championship play-offs after substitute Patrick Bamford’s header in the sixth minute of injury time gave the Teessiders a 2-2 draw at Ipswich.

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Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis.

Ipswich Town v Middlesbrough: Tony Pulis wants Boro to maintain momentum

THE concept of downing tools is not one that Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis would embrace.

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YP Power Rankings - Middlesbrough depose Owls as Barnsley soar up the table

THERE ARE new leaders and - following a huge weekend win - a momentous leap for relegation-threatened Barnsley.

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Enda Stevens of Sheffield United battles with Ryan Shotton of Middlesbrough (Picture: Harry Marshall/Sportimage)

Middlesbrough edge out Sheffield United in the battle for Yorkshire supremacy

FOR the second season running, the race to be crowned as Yorkshire’s unofficial Championship ‘derby kings’ has proved to be a neck-and-neck one.

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Team of the Week: Who takes the lead in Yorkshire’s latest starting XI?

IT’s time for our Yorkshire Team of the Week once again and it is a healthy sight for Barnsley, with five players named in our latest line-up.

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Tony Pulis: Top-six spot guaranteed.

Middlesbrough 2 Millwall 0: Tony Pulis aiming for peak performances

MANAGER Tony Pulis will use next weekend’s trip to Ipswich to ensure his Middlesbrough side are ready for the play-offs after they booked their place in the top six.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers players celebrate with champagne and the Championship trophy after a 0-0 draw with Sheffield Wednesday.

Saturday live: Full-times at Huddersfield, Barnsley, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Hull City, Leeds United, Rotherham, Doncaster and Bradford

It was a key day in the football season as Huddersfield Town and Barnsley attempted to avert their relegation fears.

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Middlesbrough 2 Millwall 0: Boro secure play-off spot

Middlesbrough are guaranteed a place in the Sky Bet Championship play-offs after goals from Britt Assombalonga and Jonny Howson secured a 2-0 win over Millwall.

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Middlesborough's Patrick Bamford, left. Picture: Simon Hulme

Middlesbrough v Millwall: Feeling of togetherness gives inspiration to Pulis and Boro

it will not be lost on supporters of both Middlesbrough and Millwall who know their history that this season is the 30th anniversary of the duo being promoted together from the old second division.

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YP Power Rankings: Sheffield Wednesday break out as new leaders of Yorkshire ‘league table’

THERE IS movement in this week’s Power Rankings, with new leaders in the shape of Sheffield Wednesday and a big fall for some others.

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Star man: Middlesbrough's Adama Traore.

Derby v Middlesbrough: One more win will take the Boro into play-offs

the sight of Adama Traore scampering down the wing and terrorising full-backs has become commonplace this season for Riverside regulars.

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