Well, that was hard work, wasn’t it? After Adama Traoré started the match by lighting up the word ‘NARRATIVE’ in gasoline across the Villa Park pitch, there seemed to be an inevitability about the mounting Villa pressure throughout the game. They had to break through eventually – didn’t they?
Boro head into the first international break after a disjointed and lacklustre performance at home to Preston. It’s clear that there is still some work to be done but by the time we reach Bolton on September 9, the transfer window will have closed and we will know our final squad-list for the first half of the season.