Andy is handy for Middlesbrough’s trip to Peterborough

Middlesbrough's manager Tony Mowbray
Middlesbrough's manager Tony Mowbray

STRIKER-cum-left-back Andy Halliday could have forged the full-back position his own at Middlebrough.

The 21-year-old former Livingston forward was signed by Gordon Strachan in 2010 following a blistering start to his footballing career north of the border.

But Halliday has struggled to replicate his goal-scoring exploits in the Championship and in the two previous games has found himself at left-back covering for the injured George Friend.

Boro boss Tony Mowbray revealed his thinking by playing Halliday in defence: “I wasn’t sure if Andy was going anywhere as a high rise player, an attacking player.

“Yet every day in training I would see him make challenges, being very disciplined about stopping the opposition.

“I felt he could play left-back for us. He is decent with the ball and I have no fears about playing him there, he has looked good.

“I have had to wait to give him a chance there, but I think it has worked reasonably well for us. As well as showing an awareness defensively he does join in with the attacks which is good.”

Friend is back in contention for this weekend’s away game at basement club Peterborough as Boro seek a return to winning ways but Halliday may keep his place.

Elsewhere, next Wednesday’s Capital One Cup quarter-final trip to Swansea – the 12th consecutive League Cup tie on the road for Teessiders – has been made free for Boro supporters.

The competition owners will be covering the cost of the club’s four official coaches for the trip to South Wales to reward Boro fans for their dedication in supporting them in the cup.

For more information contact the Middlesbrough ticket office on 0844 4991234.