Mowbray Won't Be Derailed By Injuries
By Rob Nichols
Wednesday 03 Oct 2012 13:22:00
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On the verge of an important home game against Derby, Boro boss Tony Mowbray must be dismayed at the depth of his injury problems but he won't let it affect his focus and determination to get 3 points. After the late defeat on Saturday to Leicester it is imperative Boro make the most of tonight's game v Derby by getting a win. But we'll have to do this without many key players at the front and at the back.

“I think what has been frustrating is that a lot of those (injuries) have been in the attacking area of the pitch. Carayol who started fantastically well is out, Marvin Emnes is out, Ishmael Miller who has joined us on loan is out, Adam Reach who has got dynamic aspects to his game is out.” Mowbray reflected at yesterday's training ground press conference.

But it isn't just in attack where Boro can count themselves unlucky with injuries.

“Woodgate and Williams who started at centre half this season are both out. So some big players, important players and yet we did in the summer try to build a squad that could overcome injuries.”

And that is the point other players have stepped in already this season and by and large made a big impact. Bikey has impressed everyone as a real rock at centre back. I wasn't expecting him to show such a cool head, his experience allows him to know when to play it out and when to boot it out. Not the Bikey who sees red and is explosive for all the wrong reasons.

There is no time to bring in any fresh faces before for Derby but will the manager look to add to the squad while the numbers are depleted.

“I don't think we are in the situation to bring bring more players in, if anything we are still trying to lighten the overall wage bill and that is a process that has been going on for a few years. So I don't sit here thinking we are going to bring new players in.”

Instead Mowbray is throwing open the doors to the youngsters to follow the older hand Bikey and seize the opportunity.

“I think we've still got Luke Williams, young Ledesma that joined us from Walsall in the summer, young players who have done well through pre season and early season, Ledesma scored at Preston in the cup last week, Williams has scored a couple of great strikes for us already this season, so we have other options. Jutkiewicz is now back fit, he scored 2 against Blackburn.”

The problem against Leicester was Mowbray believes more to do with the type of players missing from the squad more than just a numbers game.

“So, it is not as if we are void of strikers, it is just the type of striker that is missing at the moment, the more dynamic, fast, direct strikers we have got are unavailable at the moment. But we'll look forward to Wednesday and hopefully we can score a few goals and not concern ourselves too much about the players who are not available but keep working with the ones that are.”




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