7:00am Monday 7th October 2013
By Richard Mason
TONY MOWBRAY was still left frustrated despite his Middlesbrough side easing to a comprehensive win over Yeovil Town.
Boro ran out 4-1 winners over the Championship new-boys, but Mowbray was furious after gifting the visitors a fourth-minute lead and allowing them further opportunities in the second half.
Mowbray argued that against higher-calibre opposition they would have been punished, and that while a win was a step in the right direction, his players still need to cut out the individual errors.
“It was a convincing win yet I have to analyse everything,” said Mowbray, who saw his side battle back through Grant Leadbitter, Albert Adomah, Jacob Butterfield and Kei Kamara to victor over Yeovil.
“In my opinion we conceded too many chances to Yeovil and to be 1-0 down in the fourth minute it's right to demand your team to have better concentration. It wasn't a well-worked goal, it was a mistake which led to it.
“Their reaction to that was very positive, in the first half there was some fabulous play, we should have scored more than just two in the first half.
“Ultimately, after 90 minutes the result was right. We were the team that pushed the most and produced the best quality to win the football match yet I was a bit frustrated to see the chances we conceded today that could have been avoided. We need to eradicate those.
“Higher quality teams – with total respect to Yeovil – will stick them in our net and we need to stop that happening.”
Mowbray has been under pressure after picking up just one league victory before Saturday, and while the manager agreed that he is ultimately responsible, he felt his players have let him down at times this season.
“Everyone in the world blames the manager when a goal goes in like that,” said Mowbray after Liam Davies fired Yeovil ahead. “It feels as if it is always my fault when we lose soft goals, but that's OK. The buck stops here and that's always what football is.
“You work all week on a shape, on a formation, then after four minutes you're a goal down against a team that defensively are very strong. They didn't have to work for it, it was a clearance up the pitch and he scores.
“Angry, animated – why shouldn't I be? The players know that. Why do the work? Why don't we just pick 11, throw them out there and say good luck. It feels like that sometimes.
“We're trying to add quality, bit by bit, I've been saying all year that I like this team, yet if you keep drawing people ask questions about our league position. I understand that, six draws in 11 games is too many, you only have to win two and you get the same number of points.
“All of those draws felt like defeats because we warranted more than a draw. We got what we deserved and we have to move on from this point and make sure we don't drop points. We gambled a bit but that paid off.”
The longer Middlesbrough went without a home win, the more pressure would be piled on Mowbray, but the Saltburn-born manager refused to be drawn on speculation over his future.
“That's a pretty direct question. I don't have to think about that or answer it, may I say,” said Mowbray, when asked about pressure over his position. “I was only concentrating on the next game. I've told you all along I've got every faith in this team.
Tony Mowbray was frustrated with his team for conceding a goal on Saturday
“I think they've performed to a pretty high standard generally this season, you've watched the games, and yet there we were after four minutes a goal down to a team who hadn't attacked.
“We've been giving goals away all season and we've been trying to work on that. It's not easy to grab players. I've had people in the car park telling me what players to get, it's not that easy.
“But we'll keep working at it. I fully understand football management. The buck stops here in the results business we're in. Let's just see where it takes us this year and I fully understand if our ambitions are not met, people can ask questions as people were asking of Arsene Wenger after day one saying that it was time to go.”
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