Longest-serving Championship boss Tony Mowbray needs wins at Middlesbrough

GROIN PROBLEM: Middlesbrough striker Marvin Emnes (left)
GROIN PROBLEM: Middlesbrough striker Marvin Emnes (left)
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TONY Mowbray is desperate to see Middlesbrough win for the first time at the Riverside this season - and then win again.

Boro play host to eighth-placed Huddersfield Town tonight with unrest growing over the club’s barren run (kick-off 7,45pm).

It is now eight games since Boro last won - a 1-0 victory at Charlton Athletic, one of only six clubs who are actually below Mowbray’s side.

And on Saturday, while it’s early in the season to talk in terms of six-pointers, Boro face Yeovil, again at the Riverside.

To say Boro look out of sorts would be an understatement and Mowbray is looking for a reaction for his squad.

“In the next four games we have to try to target maximum points,” said the manager who, since the sacking of Nigel Clough at Derby is now the Championship’s longest-serving boss at three years.

“That’s easier said than done of course.

“Against Huddersfield and Yeovil we have to be better than we were on Saturday.”

Boro, in 18th, have only lost one more game than the Terriers, who are 10 places better off.

And Mowbray feels the high number of home draws has lost his side ground in the league table.

“We’ve drawn a lot of games this season,” he explained.

“We have to turn those draws into wins, starting this week.”

Defeat at leaders QPR on Saturday was not unexpected but the manner of the 2-0 loss upset the boss.

“It was disappointing, particularly the first half,” he admitted.

“I think the team know they fell well below the standard they set themselves.

“There was a slight improvement second half but not enough.

“We have got some problems defensively.

“It was an unacceptable performance in the first half, probably as poor as we’ve been this season.

“We had a lot of average looking players on the pitch and we need a reaction.

“We need to resolve the issues that are there.”

Boro will be without experienced centre-half Jonathan Woodgate (calf) while Marvin Emnes, who missed the trip to Loftus Road, is doubtful with a groin injury.

Rhys Williams returns from a one-game ban while Emmanuel Ledesma sits out the final match of a three-game ban following his late red card at Nottingham Forest.