TONY Mowbray will turn to his young guns for tonight’s Capital One Cup second round trip to Gillingham (kick off 7.45pm).
Middlesbrough have enjoyed back-to-back home victories in the Championship, their latest success coming during Saturday’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace.
But attention now turns to the League Cup and Mowbray is set to name a young side at Priestfield in a bid to give his emerging stars the chance to shine.
“I think it’s a developing team here, a young team,” he said.
“You saw in the first half against Palace the potential of this team and the way we can move the ball around.
“But you could also seeing us looking a bit frail towards the end against experienced players.
“Of course we want to keep this winning run going and we’ll try and set up in a way at Gillingham that will help us do so.”
Luke Williams, Richie Smallwood and Curtis Main could all come into contention for a start against a side who boast a 100-per-cent record this season.
And Mowbray added: “They’re top of the league.
“I’ve been watching them in the last week.
“They’re a very big team, they throw the ball in from all over, from the halfway line into your six-yard box.
“We have to be ready for the physicality of the game.
“Whatever they’re doing Martin Allen has them winning.”
He went on: “I’ve been to Gillingham once or twice in my career and it’s never an easy place to go.
“Especially on a Tuesday night, it’s a very hard place to get to first and foremost, but it’ll be a tough game and if we don’t go with the right mentality we’ll come back with nothing.
“But I’ve got to try and pick the right team which will go there and create them lots of problems.”
Swansea City target Marvin Emnes is unlikely to play this evening, but new loan signing Ishmael Miller is set to continue in attack.