Mowbray Looks To Topple the Tractor Boys
By Danny McRoy
Friday 23 Sep 2011 14:44:00
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There will be no room for sentiment as Boro boss Tony Mowbray looks to bulldoze the Tractor Boys on Saturday. The former Ipswich player/coach was upbeat at yesterday's pre-match press conference, determined that the cup defeat at Palace would not put us out of our winning stride. There was an amazing turn out from the media, with national papers and even SKY tv present. Going top of the league has obviously meant we are back on the radar again. Now can we live with the hype and return to grab that top spot again?

Q: I suppose Tuesday at Palace was the end of the unbeaten run?

TM: Well, I think somewhere along the line we can keep winning football matches and I hope they can stop talking about the defeat against Crystal Palace and start talking about the unbeaten run in the championship. It has been a tough week we were back midnight on Saturday and then back at half past four on Wednesday. I’m going to take the players off their feet for a few days and hopefully we can get back to work on Saturday and see if we can get a result. But it has been a decent start to the season and we knew there would be a defeat somewhere along the line and if I’m honest the third round of the carling cup, if we were to lose one that would be the one for me rather than the league game against Crystal Palace in the championship. 


Q: It was only for about 24 hours but Tony how did you feel to be top of the league?

TM: Well, I’m not one of these managers who put too much stock in the league table too early on. My philosophy has always been to get the points early on in the season to keep yourself at a platform and to try putting a charge in if you can. So with the start that we’ve had it’s great that we’ve got 17 points at the moment.


Last season we were trying to play catch up and you know it’s very difficult as soon as you lose a game you seem to drop back to where you were and you need to start winning back to back games and then win another and hit a run. Really which we’ve managed to start the season with it. So we’re happy enough and yet when you look at the next fixture with Ipswich town at home they have just won 3-0 on Monday night and they will fancy their chances of trying to keep it going in the next game and we’ve just to try and make sure they don’t.


Q: First time you came to the Riverside officially was with Ipswich did you expect that fantastic reception?

Tm: Well, I can’t even remember that far back. (laughs) I think there was enough affinity created with the team in the mid eighties with a certain age of people who supported this football club. Whether it was me coming back or Pally coming back or Coops, Stu Ripley, or Bernie Slaven, who ever would have come back would have got a good reception from the supporters. What was a difficult time in the middle eighties and they played their part in helping the club back on its feet.


Ipswich was a good time for me were I had 9 years at Ipswich as a player and coach, which is a long time. But I had a good time. It is a great club it’s a lovely part of the world it’s a very family orientated club built up by the Cobbles and then Sir Bobby Robson of course. And they had a legacy that still lives long at the club so hopefully we’ll send them away at the weekend with no points, but they’ll get on and hopefully have a good season.


Q: And about the fans as well you will hope the gates because of the way the results and the way Middlesbrough have been playing their football you hope that you are eventually going to crack that 20 thousand fan mark or more.

Tm: Well, again I’ve sat here since I’ve come back and you know I would never tell our supporters that they would have to put their hands in their pocket and come and watch the team. The idea is to get a team on the pitch that makes them want to come back and watch the team, and start getting excited about coming to the Riverside. You know I’ve been to the Riverside to watch games as a coach and I’ve seen it bouncing really with 34 to 35 thousand there, and you know it’s a great pleasure to be there. You know it’s a great place to play you’re football,

I came back in the premier league with West Brom and played here and its some atmosphere.

But at the moment you know we have a half empty stadium with 17 thousand, is generally what we have been getting. Whilst the fans in the stadium create a great atmosphere. But it’s not quite a full house.

How do you get there? Well, you produce a winning team that wins week in week out and as I say the lads who come to the game they go to the pub after the match and they tell their mates who haven’t been to the game to come along next week and the only way you can do that is by winning games. We’ve started quite well but we have to keep that going.

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