Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Boro Boss Mowbray's Eager to Turn the Clock Back

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Boro Boss Mowbray's Eager to Turn the Clock Back

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Byline: Neil Cameron Sports Writer

ANYTHING seemed possible when Middlesbrough entertained Sheffield Wednesday last season.

A win in front of over 28,000 supporters sent the Teessiders top of the Championship, albeit for 24 hours.

Tony Mowbray's side played attractive and winning football. They looked like promotion certainties that night.

And then.... Fast forward ten months and Boro's hopes for this season are more moderate. Or perhaps realistic is a better word.

Mowbray, however, expects a big crowd and a good game at the Riverside this afternoon. It won't quite have the drama and attendance of last season, however, Sheffield Wednesday remains an important fixture on the card.

He said: "There will be a big following from Sheffield, so there should be a decent atmosphere. There might not be 28,000 but the game last year was a great night, a good performance and the right result.

"Let's hope we can recreate that and get three points to send us into the international break.

"I'm pretty sure (Wednesday manager) David Jones will feel they haven't got as many points as they would have liked "At Leeds, which is a tough place to go, they got their noses in front and played a very hard-fought 1-1 draw, a very creditable result.

"They are a big, strong, powerful team with counter-attacking speed in Michail Antonio and Jermaine Johnson, if he's fit.

"They have a huge guy up font and very good set plays. Yet we have to play our own style and hopefully push them back at times and get some goals."

Boro should be heartened by last week's 2-2 draw at Wigan, the FA Cup holders.

Even now every manager I Mowbray said: "We didn't come away with the result we maybe warranted, and the nature of the goals we conceded was disappointing, a penalty and a free-kick. …

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