8:00am Tuesday 8th October 2013
By Richard Mason
TONY MOWBRAY has hailed the importance of breaking Middlesbrough’s winless streak just in time for the international break.
While it could be argued that the break comes at a bad time as Middlesbrough were just building up some momentum, Mowbray is delighted that Saturday’s 4-1 victory over Yeovil Town, which ended an eight-match winless run, took his side into the international period in a positive mood.
“The win was huge,” said Mowbray, whose side travel to Barnsley on October 19. “I don’t think confidence has been a problem, but not winning would have become an issue.
“That would have grown if we hadn’t won on Saturday, it would have added more pressure. I’m sure you gentlemen would have been asking different questions.
“Yet we’ve got Barnsley away who are bottom of the division as the next game, they’ve won once out of 11 games, we’ve got to go there in a positive frame of mind. Then it’s Doncaster on a Friday night, then we’ve got to believe we can do to Doncaster what we’ve done to Yeovil.
“Hopefully in those two games we’ll sit with six points. We are looking not too far from the top six and we’re looking positively at the season. We’ve only lost three out of 13, 14, we’ve got to keep pushing on.
“I was delighted with the goals on Saturday, delighted with the performance and the effort they put in. Let’s see whether we can build on it after this international break.”
Mowbray will spend the next week working on bringing in a defensive player having missed out on Daniel Ayala a week ago and denying speculation linking Boro with a loan move for Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo.
Omeruo, a 19-year-old Nigerian international, was reported to be on his way to the Riverside, but Mowbray denied that yesterday - a week on from insisting he was not going to sign a young player from the Premier League just for the sake of it.
“I've been saying for weeks defensively we need more competition,” said Mowbray after Saturday’s game. “When Jonathan Woodgate's fit, generally he plays, he has to show a consistency. Alongside him, Gibson was good, Rhys has to stop the mistakes yet he looks fabulously elegant with his passing and his composure, Seb Hines is fit and gives some competition, we'd like to add another one.
“You talk about the points we have but we only have one clean sheet, if you're going to get out of this league look at QPR, nine clean sheets, it gives you confidence, when you go one-up you think you're going to win the match. At the moment we go1-0 down and we have to scramble a result from it.
“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.”
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