Middlesbrough aim for points at Ipswich Town

Boro manager Tony Mowbray
Boro manager Tony Mowbray

DIFFICULT though the task posed may be, Tony Mowbray insists Middlesbrough can take points from their next four “tough” games.

Mogga’s side travel to Ipswich tomorrow (kick off 3pm) for the clash against Mick McCarthy’s men before visits to Nottingham Forest and QPR is interspersed by a home match verses Bournemouth.

On paper, as the Boro boss acknowledges, the prospects of accumulating a significant number of points in the games is unlikely.

But Mowbray’s men will be relying on their positive mindset and their blend of football to see a share of the points return to Teesside

“We’ve got Ipswich away and Notts Forest in quick succession and then QPR away so we are on a run of really tough football matches,” Mowbray said.

“Three of the next four games are away to teams that you might expect to be top half of the table and QPR to probably win this league.

“Three of the next four you would have to say on paper look very difficult.

“There are no easy games.

“They’re all difficult and we will approach them in a positive manner and hope to pick up points, as we always do.”

The manager cited the performances of the opening five games to the season as proof to what his side can produce, albeit with just six points on the board.

“At the moment, the team’s performing at a good level,” he added.

“We haven’t, in our opinion, picked up the number of points our performances warrant but that’s football.

“You’ve to keep working hard and hope that changes through your endeavour and hard work.”

Josef Varge (hip) is doubtful for the game against the Tractor Boys after being injured whilst on duty for Hungary last week.

That represents a chance for Jacob Butterfield or Richie Smallwood to step into the XI.

Elsewhere Stuart Parnaby is unlikely to make the team, Frazer Richardson should shrug off his niggle whilst new signing Kai Kamara may feature in the 18 after his work permit was granted.