Tony Pulis urges Boro fans to fill the Riverside in play-off first leg

With Boro’s play-off semi-final first leg against Aston Villa only two days away, Tony Pulis is urging the people of Teesside to get the Riverside rocking.

Over 27,000 tickets have been sold for the game so far, well below the figure some would expect for what is a crucial match in Boro’s season.

Many fans prefer their side to play the second leg at home, but Pulis is under no illusion that playing at home first can be an advantage – if the crowd plays their part.

“We need the Riverside really to be rocking tomorrow,” he told Boro’s website.

“The Season Card allocation has all been sorted but there are still a couple thousand tickets to sell.

“We need everybody to turn up, every seat to be sold, and to really make it a tremendous atmosphere.

“And we’ve got to give it our best shot. You don’t want to come off the park feeling as if you’ve left anything behind.

“I’m looking forward to it and I think the players are as well.”

Meanwhile, Boro ultras group Red Faction are appealing for those in the South Stand to be in their seats 15 minutes before kick-off to help with a planned display.

A statement posted on their Facebook page said: “Time and again, the Boro support has proven that when we all pull together that we can turn the Riverside into a cauldron of colour and Teesside passion that drives our team forward and also stop away teams in their tracks.

“That’s exactly what is needed on Saturday.

“Tony Pulis and the players have repeatedly mentioned how much of an advantage our home atmosphere gives us.

We’re again urging everyone in all four stands of the Riverside to wear red, bring a scarf or flag and roar the Boro on no matter what happens.

“This is our last chance, at home, to help our team in their mission of getting promoted.

“Let’s have the Boro walk out at the Riverside into a sea of red and a wall of noise for the final time this season. Let’s have the Riverside rocking.

“Let’s all come together and show the world yet again, what this town is capable of. Let’s show the world what this Infant Hercules can do.”

Click here to buy tickets for Boro’s semi-final first leg against Aston Villa.

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