Football: Middlesbrough asked for more of the same

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BRYAN ROBSON wants more of the same from his side after the 6-0 win over Swindon in midweek. The Middlesbrough manager hopes his side can re-establish themselves as the best away side in the First Division at Portsmouth today after conceding nine goals and scoring none in their last two matches on the road.

"I was pleased with our overall performance against Swindon in midweek particularly after two bad defeats and nine goals against," Robson said. "We have now got to get back to being the best away team in the First Division."

The Teessiders' rivals for the title, Nottingham Forest, will be aiming to stop Bury's revival at the City Ground. Bury are unbeaten in nine games but Forest want revenge after their defeat at Gigg Lane in November.

From today until the end of the season, referees will indicate to the fourth official how much stoppage time will be played at the end of each half in all Nationwide League games. He will then hold up a board to indicate the minimum amount of time that will be added. The system, which was pioneered in Italy, will also be used in the play-off finals and the Coca-Cola Cup final between Chelsea and Middlesbrough.

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