Boro boss Tony Mowbray to face familiar foes

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TONY Mowbray will be locking horns with familiar foes when Middlesbrough take on Peterborough United in the Carling Cup tomorrow night.

Boro travel to London Road for the second-round tie having dispatched of League One Walsall at the previous stage.

And, for former West Brom boss Mowbray, the identity of the opposition comes as no surprise, given he faced them four times in cup competitions during his time at The Hawthorns.

“I should have expected Peterborough, to be honest,” he said.

“As West Brom manager I always seemed to draw Peterborough in the cup. We drew them three times on the bounce.”

It was back in 2007/08 that the Baggies enjoyed a 3-0 win over Posh in the FA Cup fourth round, having triumphed 2-0 in the Carling Cup that same season.

One year on and they were again paired in the FA Cup, only this time it took a replay for Mowbray’s men to win through thanks to a 2-0 scoreline.

But Mowbray, whose unbeaten side sit third in the Championship, is expecting a tough test when they take on the second-tier new boys.

“Peterborough will be a threat as they always are at London Road, but we’ve got to go there, be professional and try to get in the next round,” he added.

“We’d have preferred to be at home to different opposition.

“My own view is I don’t particularly like playing teams from our own league in the cup competitions.

“It’s always nice to play a team from either the league above or the league below, just for something a bit different.

“But it is what it is. In cup competitions you take the draw you’re given and get on with it.”

Meanwhile, Mowbray says he will not be rushed into buying a new striker, despite seeing Scott McDonald pick up a hamstring strain during Sunday’s 3-1 win over Birmingham City.

“Fans stop me in the street and tell me we need a target man,” he said.

“Is that a big guy who stands up front and heads the ball on? My teams don’t play that way. We will not lump the ball from back to front.

“I don’t use target men. But we will find a forward. There is an urgency now that McDonald is injured, though his injury is not a bad one – just a slight strain.

“We’ll see what’s available. But this team will go on scoring goals. My teams always have done. Scoring goals is not a problem, and anyone we bring in must add to the balance and chemistry of the squad.

“It may be a loan if we see somebody who can do a job for us in the short-term.

“But any signing, whether on loan or not, must add to the squad by fitting in with what we do. We will not sign just anybody to make up numbers.”