​At one stage this season Middlesbrough looked decent bets to avoid relegation.


Flirting with the bottom three places consistently, Boro eventually dropped into the relegation places courtesy of a 2-0 defeat at Stoke and couldn't claw themselves back to safety, with an eagerness to settle for draws and a lack of attacking threat ultimately proving their downfall.

Middlesbrough v Southampton - Premier League

But spare a thought for their fans who tirelessly support the side, initially managed by Aitor Karanka and then succeeded by Steve Agnew, and sat through hours of dull football just to see their side fall short yet again in the Premier League.


Boro fans saw their team score just 17 goals in 19 Premier League matches but they were undone easily by Southampton on Saturday, slipping to a 2-1 defeat as Jay Rodriguez and Nathan Redmond scored following some hapless defending.

And supporters evidently had enough when Brad Guzan conceded a penalty as they urged the referee to send the American off. The goalie has not been in great form as of late, being nutmegged three times during the defeat at Chelsea last week and keeping just three clean sheets all season.


Boro fans will hoping they won't be stuck with Guzan in the Championship next year, although the chances of hanging onto alternative Victor Valdes seem slim.

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