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Alex Neil keeping his cards close to his chest

I suppose it had to be expected given the significance of tomorrows game, so what did we learn from his pre-match press-conference today?

  • Biggest game of his managerial career - but hoping for a bigger one in a week's time, sounds fair enough
  • One of the Murphy twins is in the match day squad tomorrow - but he wouldn't say who

Apart from that nothing much to report which I guess is good news if there are no injuries or suspensions to discuss, I just wonder who is making way for one of the Murphy twins, I guess by this time tomorrow we will know.

Steven Whittaker was the player joining Alex Neil at the press conference today and both seemed very focussed on the game in hand, with the prospect of Wembley offering little or no distraction 

Whether there is the same focus on Tyneside for Middlesborough remains to be seen, going into their second leg tonight they have opted to leave Patrick Bamford on the bench, with the cynic in me suspecting that they have half an eye on the final and making sure their star man is available, whether this is a wise decision remains to be seen, hopefully not as I would rather face Brentford!

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