MIDDLESBROUGH new boy Lukas Jutkiewicz is looking forward to the “bread and butter” after battling through his first Wear-Tees derby.
The powerful player was thrown into the thick of it on his full debut as he headed the attack against Sunderland in a full-blooded affair.
And he would have written himself into Teesside folklore had he converted a chance just before half-time, with his team already 1-0 up.
But it was not to be as keeper Simon Mignolet saved his strike before he fired a ricochet wide. The home side went on to equalise in the second half to force an FA Cup fourth round replay.
The former Coventry City player is quick to put the missed opportunity to one side, focusing instead on finding the net against Leicester City tomorrow to get his new side’s promotion push back on track.
Tony Mowbray’s men have stalled in 2012, losing all three league games to leave them fifth in the npower Championship and five points off the automatic positions.
On the cup, Jutkiewicz said: “It’s an all right distraction the from the league because we have had a tough time of it.
“But it’s more important to take the performance into Wednesday really because its our bread and butter and it’s important for us to get back to picking up points and pushing for promotion.
“The lads set massively high standards for themselves in the first half of the season and in the last couple of games it may have dipped slightly. It’s important to get back to how we were.”
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