Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Big Match

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Big Match

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KNOW THE FORM KNOW THE FORM BORO stretched their unbeaten sequence in the Championship to five games with their 1-1 home draw against Preston last time out.

But they were left frustrated as they conceded yet another late goal as rock-bottom North End salvaged a point for new boss Phil Brown, who had stoked the fires before the game with some bizarre and unfounded comments about Boro's finances.

Leroy Lita grabbed his third goal in two games to keep up his red hot run of form, and while the second half performance was encouraging, Boro were unable to cash in on their territorial advantage and were left kicking themselves yet again after shipping a last-gasp equaliser.

THE THINGS WE SAY THE THINGS WE SAY TONY Mowbray has warned his players of the away ay threat from Scunthorpe.

He said: "People expect you to win these games, but as we found out against Preston last time, every game in this league is competitive.

"Scunthorpe have won only one game at home, but they have won six away from home.

"We have to make sure we don't fall into the trap of becoming their seventh victims on the road.

"It means we can't commit ourselves to a gung-ho approach and risk getting caught on the break.

"We have to be positive in every thing we do and build our way through the game."

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT PLAYER SPOTLIGHT BORO begin life without the departed David Wheater and Gary O'Neil tonight.

Seb Hines filled Wheater's boots with aplomb against Preston while the Redcar Rock was still discussing the finer details of his switch to Premier League club Bolton Wanderers.

And 22-year-old Wetherby-born defender Hines has been rewarded since with a new contract extension.

Hines has done well in his limited opportunities recently but knows he has to continue to produce the goods if he wants to stay in the Championship line-up.

New signing Maximilian Haas will soon be pushing hard for a place in the starting XI, while Stephen McManus should be fit before the end of March.

KNOW THE FORM KNOW THE FORM SCUNTHORPE are next to last in the Championship table and arrive at the Riverside on a dismal run of form.

They have yet to win in 2011, having gone five games without a victory.

The Iron have been stuck in the bottom three since early December and their last success was on December 28 when goals from Martyn Woodlford and Chris Dagnall earned a 2-0 win at Burnley.

The Iron have been stronger on the road than they have at home, though a heavy 4-0 defeat at the hands of Leeds at Elland Road in the middle of this month suggests that the trend might be changing.

Scunthorpe's last outing was a goalless draw at home to Burnley ten days ago.

THE THINGS THEY SAY THE THINGS THEY SAY SCUNTHORPE midfielder Abdisalam Ibrahim, on loan from Manchester City, said: "I have not played so many games in the Premier League, but the Championship is a lot harder. …

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