WHO Tony Mowbray adds to his forward line in the coming days or weeks could well go a long way to deciding how far Middlesbrough go this season.
The Boro boss admitted he was frustrated as Middlesbrough leaked a leveller and missed a chance to go top of the npower Championship table with Saturday’s draw against Coventry.
Boro dominated the first half and deservedly led through Marvin Emnes but Coventry battled back after the break to bundle home an equaliser 14 minutes from time.
That pushed unbeaten Boro back down to fourth on a day when they could have finished top of the pile.
“It was a chance missed,” he said. “We know that.”
The Riverside garden does look rosy at the end of August – unbeaten and fourth spot in the table and a third-round Carling Cup trip to Crystal Palace or Wigan to look forward to.
The wage bill has been brought down to a more acceptable level, but the bottom line is, Boro need a striker or, preferably two.
“We’re working very hard behind the scenes to make that happen,” said Mowbray.
“Everyone is pretty sure something will happen, it’s a question of can we get the ones we want and when will it happen?
“Either in the next three days we will do a permanent deal or after that we’d have to look at the loan market.”
Mowbray was frustrated not to have collected a second home win but hopes it will turn out to be a point won rather than two dropped.
He said: “When you look back we missed a few clear cut opportunities to wrap it up and we’ve said it time and again that at 1-0 you are never safe.
“It’s a game in which we needed the second goal to put it to bed.
“We controlled the game for long spells and apart from their goal they didn’t have chances whereas we did. That’s the frustrating thing.
“Of course there are reasons.
“We only had one striker and that makes it difficult as we weren’t getting enough people into the box plus we had a game in midweek and they didn’t and maybe that was a factor too.
“So yes, we are disappointed but that’s football. And I’m happy with the effort we put in and the quality we showed in trying to win.
“We are playing well and we are still unbeaten and we are looking to push on.
“Somewhere along the line this may be a good point.”