I don't think I watched m/any pre-season matches last year, but I remember that the results were great and I was getting insanely excited... and we all know what happened then.
As devilfish will take great pains to point out, it's not really a great indication of the season ahead, but it's certainly not gonna hurt. Personally, I think it's the first couple of games that give you a better sign. Last year I knew Sunderland would nail us - we were too cocky about a freshly promoted team, and their style of play isn't easy for us to get around - but I reckon we could take Middlesborough. I'm thinking a 3-2 to us, not a particularly good game but the result's the main thing.
No disrespect to Middlesboro but I think we're gonna take them to the cleaners! I don't think Roma played particularly well and it was a friendly but we ran riot! The players must be on a massive high at the moment!