Mowbray targets centre-back

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray admits he could turn to the loan market in order to bolster his leaky defence.

Last Updated: 24/09/13 at 18:34 Post Comment

Tony Mowbray: Looking for an emergency centre-back at Boro

Tony Mowbray: Looking for an emergency centre-back at Boro

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Mowbray has watched his side concede eight goals in just three Sky Bet Championship games, including three penalties.

The weekend's 3-3 draw against Bournemouth at the Riverside saw Rhys Williams join Emmanuel Ledesma on the list of suspended players after being shown a red card.

And that has proved to be the last straw for the Boro manager, who will spend the week searching for an emergency centre-back with unsettled Norwich defender Dani Ayala a potential target.

Asked about strengthening the backline, Mowbray said: "I think we have to and the players know that.

"The bottom line is the team deserve better than losing three goals, two goals every week to what in my mind is not a tactical thing, individuals have to stop playing their part in costing us goals.

"So maybe we need to create more competition in defensive areas.

"We did try to sign a centre-back in the last window and for a few reasons we didn't get a deal done.

"Maybe this sending off might prompt us to look.

"Let's wait and see what happens. We will look, we will see."

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

o Brendan is full of sh!t, who'd have thought it eh?

fatbob30
Carroll accuses Rodgers

P

resumably, you wanted to keep the version of Downing that was never seen at Anfield. The one that another manager has managed to re-create. The one you passed over.

badwolf
Rodgers: I wanted to keep Downing

T

he uber commercialisation of the 90s has led to the point where this overly familar, try hard, jolly hockey sticks type fronts up a major football match on a weekly basis. Unlike the great presenters of yesteryear, I doubt he would even recognise the scent of Brut.

mufc phil
Football On TV: Jake Humphrey

Footer 365

Premier League: Chelsea maintain five-point lead after 1-1 draw with Manchester City

Chelsea remain five points clear at the top of the Premier League after a 1-1 draw with second-placed Manchester City.

Premier League: Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew disappointed with slow start in 1-0 loss to Everton

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has admitted his side were nowhere near their best in their 1-0 loss at home to Everton.

Sky Bet Championship: Derby and Middlesbrough keep up pressure with wins

Grant Leadbitter kept up his perfect penalty record this season as Middlesbrough won 1-0 win at Brentford, while Derby beat Cardiff 2-0.

Mail Box

'Costa Is A Bad Man. Suarez Is Not'

That's quite some claim. And yes, unfortunately we are still talking about this. We also have mails on Ronaldinho, possible replacements for Yaya Toure and more...

Red Mist Better Than Calculated Costa?

Hmmm. We're not sure about this argument - one Mailbox says Luis Suarez is easier to forgive because he is a little loco. We also have mails on Studge and more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company