Mowbray Not Getting Complacent About The Posh
By Robert Nichols
Friday 30 Dec 2011 10:43:00
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Boro manager Tony Mowbray will not be underrating the threat posed by Peterborough tomorrow at the Riverside. Having beaten fellow promotion rivals Cardiff and Hull it might be easy to fall for the sucker punch against little Peterborough but there will be no complacency from Mowbray's Boro that was the message expounded by the Boro gaffer, loud and clear.

Darren Ferguson's side have coped well with the step up following promotion and are on their own mini run having won the last two games 1-0. That represented rare clean sheets for a team that generally likes to score a few but also can concede. Tony Mowbray said he was really impressed after watching Posh defeat Forest over Christmas, he will not be treating this game lightly.

Having beaten Peterborough in the Carling Cup, indeed outclassing them, we were held to a draw after a wonder strike pegged us back in the League at London Road. We need to avoid letting a team that likes to win away make it a full set of win draw lose results this season. Familiarity must not breed contempt as we aim to capitalise on a second home game with 3 more precious points. And with a 20 000+ crowd expected let's make it the perfect end to a phenomenal year for the Boro. Go out with a win.

Fly: Peterborough lost their main striker before the season started in Craig Mackail-Smith but have still adapted really well to promotion and in fact have done really well in the Championship. Have they impressed you this season?

TM: Yes. I think first and foremost they have got a good manager who knows the players, the chairman, he knows the club inside out. He moved on to Preston and then came back and hit the ground running as soon as he came back. I think when we beat them in the cup it was their first defeat at home in 16 or 17 games. It shows how well they've done.

I think, sometimes it is hand in glove, it just fits. Darren Ferguson at this stage of his career and Peterborough go together really well. I am very respectful of what they have achieved and all the points they have picked up in playing against a lot bigger clubs than them every single week really. In the context of the size and supporter base of clubs in the Championship compared to Peterborough it is quite an achievement for them to keep punching above their weight when you think of their resources and salary level. Maybe that is their motivation, sometimes you can have that as a key motivation being the underdog every single week and go and bite a few bigger dogs.

Fly: Having just beaten Cardiff and Hull at the top of the league we mustn't under rate Peterborough must we?

TM: I think that is the big danger for us. We have to really concentrate on the job to get the team ready for Saturday to do that to make sure there is no complacency at all. Worst case scenario as we sit in the dressing room after the game knowing that it was a game that we could have won, should have won and yet didn't. Because we started sloppy or we didn't apply ourselves in our concentration at set-plays. You have to do your job for 90 minutes and hopefully the quality will come through and the spirit that we have been showing will come through and we will get the points and we'll put it behind us and move on to the next one.

Fly: It must have been good to play in that atmosphere on Boxing Day, both for the side and you on the sidelines.

TM: Yes I think so, I think that is what for me football is about. You talk about the balance between entertaining and winning football games. A lot of managers say it is all about winning, I fully understand that and yet I think I GENUINELY FEEL WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO PEOPLE WHO PAY MONEY AND COME TO THE STADIUM TO TRY AND MAKE THEM ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE.

Some fans will say listen I don't care if the game is crap as long as we win and yet for the 90 minutes isn't it better to watch a team get it wide, get it in the box, near chance, the keeper saves, it comes back out, someone has a shot. You want to see action, you want to see entertainment. I think you want to be out of your seat. We try to the get the balance of that.

Just the balance of goals this year, really we have fallen a little bit short on the number of goals we've scored. And yet I'd like to think the performance level has been relatively good. It has not been brilliant, not been breath taking. It has been enough to win tight games. I think we will strive to continue to score goals and win games in a fashion. If not I'm sure the fans are happy that in tight games like Saturday as long as we come out on top. But as opposed to, don't care how we play and we are going to just set up to win 1-0. It is not the way I generally set my teams up to play.

Fly: It certainly helps when the game is clinched by an explosive goal like that. We have had Malaury Martin's goals and now Barry Robson hit a real rocket didn't he?

TM: Well, I don't think anyone in the stadium could see it coming really. He just cut inside on his left foot and probably had no right to score from there and yet an amazing strike. And we are all delighted he found it from wherever he found it but I don't think whilst we are surprised at the nature of it we shouldn't be surprised that Barry is having a shot from distance. He has got a rocket in his left foot and I'm delighted that he found the back of the net.

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