Middlesbrough boss would prefer not to face Bristol City

Middlesbrough's Rhys Williams
Middlesbrough's Rhys Williams

TONY Mowbray admits he would prefer to be taking on teams with little riding on the outcome of their end-of-season encounters.

As it is, Boro have four home matches remaining against sides at both ends of the Championship table.

First up is tomorrow’s visit of second-tier strugglers Bristol City.

They are just one place above the trap door to League One while Doncaster Rovers, who come to Teesside next month, are currently second from bottom.

The other two visitors are league leaders Southampton, bidding for successive promotions, and Cardiff City, Boro’s play-off rivals.

And Mowbray said: “We’ve got four home games left, two against clubs at the bottom scrapping for their lives and two against teams right at the top and you wouldn’t know which are going to be the more difficult.

“I genuinely believe Bristol City and Doncaster will be just as difficult for us as Cardiff and Southampton. That’s the nature of the league, there are no easy days.”

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