Oakwell Stadium

Next Game

Barnsley v M'boro

Saturday, 03 January 2015, 15:00

The FA Cup Third Round

Ewood Park

Last Game

Blackburn 0 - 0 M'boro

Sunday, 28 December 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Resilience pleases Mowbray

Tony Mowbray was pleased to see the return of some defensive resilience as Middlesbrough ground out a goalless draw at Burnley.

Last Updated: 20/02/13 at 10:44 Post Comment

Tony Mowbray: Middlesbrough were held to a goalless draw at Burnley

Tony Mowbray: Middlesbrough were held to a goalless draw at Burnley

Mowbray's side headed into the contest bearing a grim form sheet of six defeats in their last seven Championship matches and spent the vast majority of the 90 minutes at Turf Moor on the back foot.

Boro remain in the top six and boss Mowbray conceded to adopting a purposefully cautious approach in the midst of an injury-crisis, following consecutive four-goal losses away from home at Ipswich and Crystal Palace.

"From our perspective we've conceded too many goals on the road recently," he said.

"We've got a lot of injuries. I think it was 12 first-team players injured tonight and I don't make any apologies for coming and making sure that we were defensively solid.

"A really hard-working team was picked and a lot of attacking threat was left on the bench to try and make sure we stayed in the game.

"I was pleased that we kept a clean sheet, that we worked extremely hard for each other - it's been a difficult month-and-a-half."

Mustapha Carayol, Curtis Main and fellow replacement Ishmael Miller all had opportunities as Boro belatedly went through the gears and Mowbray reflected on a strategy that almost worked to perfection.

He added: "That was the plan really, to stay in the game and then change it from the bench.

"Carayol, Main and Miller coming on gave us an attacking threat. You might ask 'why didn't you start with that attacking threat' but having started with attacking threats in recent weeks we've found ourselves 2-0 down, chasing games and losing four (goals).

"It was a case of getting the players to get a foothold again, picking up points and looking upwards in the table."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

e have the personnel. The trick is keeping them fit. Carrick and Blind have missed large chunks of the season, while the defence has been one muddled mess of intermittent stooges, all coming and going at various intervals thus far. We may be just short of title winning quality, but we're half way through. An injury crisis to either of the top two could change things. Optimistic, yes, but not unrealistic.

HarryBoulton
One Point And One Conclusion For United

P

arish is the man to blame for this shambles. Pulis must be chuckling into his left over turkey sandwich. I pray this doesn't mean the Neil Warnock media machine will kick in now and he'll be back on the telly box.

magicfuller
Warnock sacked by Palace

W

e almost found a new way to lose, just when I thought it was getting boring Giroud does that. Although Arsenal are deservedly called 'soft' the entire midfield is out injured. Still must admit MU are managing to win despite a similar raft of absentees. Think the Gunners have good players but poorly coached.

gettalong
Wenger: Giroud deserved red

Footer 365

Premier League: Sam Allardyce accuses referee of guessing wrongly over disallowed Alex Song goal

Sam Allarydce criticised referee Neil Swarbrick for disallowing a goal after West Ham were defeated 2-1 by Arsenal.

Premier League: Arsene Wenger says Arsenal are showing signs of consistency after West Ham win

Arsene Wenger said Arsenal are heading in the right direction after seeing them hold on for a 2-1 win over West Ham.

Premier League: Newcastle overcome Everton 3-2 thanks to Papiss Cisse, Ayoze Perez and Jack Colback

Newcastle overcame Everton 3-2 at St James' Park thanks to goals from Papiss Cisse, Ayoze Perez and Jack Colback.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property