Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray facing striker crisis ahead of FA Cup tie with Sunderland

Barry Robson and Scott McDonald will both be missing tonight.
Barry Robson and Scott McDonald will both be missing tonight.

TONY Mowbray has bemoaned a lack of “firepower” ahead of tonight’s derby showdown with Sunderland – but the Middlesbrough boss believes his players have what it takes to upset the odds.

Martin O’Neill’s Black Cats are the country’s in-form team at present and they prepared for the FA Fourth Round replay with a 1-0 win at Stoke City in the Premier League on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Mowbray’s Boro were toiling their way towards a home stalemate with Crystal Palace and were left to count the cost of hamstring injuries to top goalscorer Marvin Emnes and Belgian playmaker Faris Haroun.

Australian frontman Scott McDonald (knee) is also missing, as is Barry Robson (hand), the scorer of Boro’s goal in the 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light.

And Mowbray, left, admits his offensive options are limited.

“We haven’t had too many first-team players out there training these past couple of days,” he said.

Read more of Mowbray’s thoughts before the big game, plus more build-up to tonight’s big FA Cup tie, in today’s Sportmail.