Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Mogga Eager to Buck the Trend

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Mogga Eager to Buck the Trend

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TONY Mowbray wants to change with recent tradition and score first at the Cardiff City Stadium tonight.

The Boro boss believes that if his team grabs the opening goal, they will put massive pressure on promotion-chasing Cardiff. Boro are becoming masters at coming back from behind, but Mowbray wants to see Boro try to silence the capacity crowd.

He said: "The expectation on Cardiff tonight will be huge.

"We know that it will be a test for us, but we will go there to play our own game.

"We have to relax and hopefully score the first goal, which will put Cardiff under a lot of pressure."

Boro go into the game on the back of a run containing just one defeat in 10 games.

However Cardiff pose the biggest threat to Mowbray's men since Boro were crushed 5-2 at Reading.

Cardiff will fancy their chances against a side 15th in the Championship, but Mowbray insists that Boro will not be going there wearing sombreros. He said: "It's a televised match and the eyes of the nation will be on us.

"But that doesn't make any difference.

"We want to keep our run going, we want to continue our preparations for getting off to a good start next season, and we want to win the game.

"Obviously Norwich will be watching closely because the outcome is important to their own promotion hopes.

"If I was from Norwich, I would expect us to field a strong side and try to win a game of football.

"That's exactly what we will do. We are not going to abuse the game.

"There will be an intensity in the stadium, but it's up to us to quieten it down."

Mowbray is not under-estimating his side's task, but he draws strength from the fact that Boro have already beaten the Bluebirds at the Riverside.

He said: "It was an important win for us back in December, but there have been a lot more since. …

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