The quirky Scot even suggested a John Wayne movie would have been a better watch. He was probably right.
But on the plus side for Boro, Kris Boyd, whose signing from Rangers excited Middlesbrough fans most amongst the many new faces arriving at the Riverside this summer, has scored his first goal for the Teesside club as they look to kick-start their promotion-chasing campaign.
Having already dropped five points in the opening two matches of the season, Boro desperately needed a win to stop the rot and avoid being left behind to languish in mid-table obscurity.
The lowest attendance ever recorded for a league match hosted at the Riverside (14,633) was as much a reflection of the money troubles faced by many fans as it was the lacklustre performance on the pitch.
And, with the game being shown live on Sky TV, supporters may well have been reluctant to part with their cash to watch a side which has yet to capture their imagination.
On paper, scoring goals and winning matches seems perfectly achievable for the new-look Middlesbrough; in Boyd and Scott McDonald they can boast two forwards who between them hold the SPL leading goal scorer records from 2005-06 – 2009-10.
And at only 27, Boyd is also the SPL’s all-time leading goal scorer with 164 goals to his name, and is hotly tipped for this season’s Championship Golden Boot.
But strikers need passes to create chances, and already this season the mounting list of injuries to midfield players is threatening to restrict the amount of service Boyd and McDonald can expect to receive.
It is telling that Boyd’s winning goal came courtesy of an uncharacteristic error by Blades captain Chris Morgan, rather than from any creative play by the home side. But a goal is a goal, a win is a win, and for Boyd to find the back of the net is psychologically important in reversing Middlesbrough’s fortunes.
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.
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