Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

In-Form Boro Up for Cup Mission; Boss Looking to Keep Run Going

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

In-Form Boro Up for Cup Mission; Boss Looking to Keep Run Going

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Middlesbrough 2 Bolton Wanderers 1 TONY Mowbray hopes Middlesbrough can carry their Championship momentum into tomorrow's derby cup clash at Sunderland.

Boro clawed from behind to beat Bolton 2-1 at the Riverside with two second-half goals from Australian hitman Scott McDonald.

That took the in-form Teessiders' purple patch to four straight league wins and lifted them to joint second in the table.

However, Mowbray knows it will be a real challenge to extend that sequence in the Capital One Cup fourth-round clash at the Stadium of Light.

He said: "Sunderland will be a difficult game, we know that.

"They had a great result away at Stoke because that is a tough place to go.

"They showed how hard-working they are, how resilent they are, how organised they are, and so we will have to be our best to beat them.

"They will fancy it on the day. They are at home and up against a team from a lower league so they will start as favourites.

"However, we will go there and try to do what we have been doing and try to win the game.

"We will look to make the game tight for long periods and look to create chances and try to take one and maybe sneak something.

"We go there with a bit of momentum good form and with a few players in great form and thinking we can cause them problems."

Mowbray is hoping the travelling 2, 800 Boro fans can help them over the line.

Low crowds have been an issue at the Riverside this season but the gate against Bolton was almost 3, 000 up on the record low 13, 377 against Derby last week and the boss heaped praise on the volume of the support.

He added: "It was an outstanding performance from our twelfth man.

"It was one of those times when you sit on the bench and genuinely thought "wow." It was fantastic.

"It was like when I was on the Holgate End as a young supporter 40 years ago. The team and the crowd were bouncing off each other. That is what football is about.

"We will need them behind us like that at Sunderland and I hope we can give them something to shout about and rally around."

Boro played well to battle back against a Bolton side watched from the stand by new boss Dougie Freedman, newly arrived from Crystal Palace.

They dominated for long spells and had good chances as Grant Leadbitter brought a good full length save then Ishmael Miller somehow headed wide from six yards out. However, Boro slipped behind on 43 minutes when a loose ball in the box deflected off Faris Haroun and fell to the feet of unmarked Chung-Yong Lee and he slotted home from 12 yards out.

The Korean should have had a second two minutes later as Andre Bikey slipped as he went to clear a long ball forward leaving Lee to race free into the box only to fire high and wide.

After the break it was all Boro and after a string of chances went begging they levelled on 66 minutes as a Miller shot was blocked but fell kindly for McDonald to bury from eight yards. …

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