MIDDLESBROUGH young guns Luke Williams and Adam Reach will return to the squad for tomorrow’s televised encounter at table topping Blackburn Rovers (kick off 7.45pm).
The pair, who have impressed this season, were both left out of the side beaten so comprehensively at Blackpool on Tuesday night, where they did not even make the bench.
But the 19-year-old attacking duo are set for inclusion at Ewood Park, as manager Tony Mowbray explained: “They’ll be fresh and ready to go on Friday, I’m sure.
“I’m trying to utilise my squad as best I can.
“They are two very talented players who will not be able to play week in, week out.
“To be able to play every three days and produce the required concentration level - not energy or athleticism but concentration - is very difficult for a young player.
“Psychologically it’s a difficult job.”
Mowbray will hope that their return adds an offensive edge to his side after they struggled at Bloomfield Road, slipping to a disappointing 4-1 reverse.
“The system (on Tuesday) we set up was a counter-attack system with Marvin Emnes and Muzzy Carayol either side of Ishmael Miller, who can run as well,” said Mowbray.
“But they were good, they didn’t give the ball away and asked too many questions and we never really nicked if off them and broke at them.
“They pushed us very deep and kept the ball extremely well.
“The preparation for the game was correct and we worked extremely hard to get the message across. “But they played pretty well and their top players caused a threat and at times we didn’t handle it.”
Boro have played three, lost three on the road in the Championship this season, the exact opposite of their record on home soil.
And Mowbray went on: “There’s no excuse culture, damn hard work is required and together we must move on.
“We’ve got another opportunity on Friday with another very tough away fixture against the team above Blackpool in the league and we’ll go there and see if we can get it right.”
- CRAIG HOPE