Middlesbrough same again for visit of Blackpool

Lukas Jutkiewicz
Lukas Jutkiewicz

TONY Mowbray looks set to reward last weekend’s victorious starting XI by naming an unchanged side for tomorrow’s visit of Blackpool (kick-off 3pm).

Boro were 1-0 winners at Charlton Athletic six days ago as Lucas Jutkiewicz’s strike got their Championship campaign up and running.

Goalkeeper Jason Steele was forced off at The Valley after landing heavily on his ankle in the second half.

However, he should be fit to face the Tangerines after undergoing physio this week, while Grant Leadbitter is also poised to retain his place despite picking up a knock against the Addicks.

New signings Albert Adomah and Frazer Richardson are also set for their home debuts, and Mowbray said: “Albert had only had one training session with us but he was a threat last weekend, he helped the team get up the pitch.

“Frazer was very business-like, and that’s what he brings.

“Let’s just keep going.”

And Mowbray feels his side are heading in the right direction.

“I have to look past the results sometimes and look at the performance and know whether we are going in the right direction, and with the right players to finish off the possession and build-up play we will win lots of games,” he went on..

“If you rely on hoping to play well, hoping for a knock-down from a corner, hoping for a ricochet and fight, fight, fight, fight, fight, you are going to win some and lose some and you are going to finish mid-table.

“I think if you have a philosophy, you know what you are doing, and you play the same every week and understand that you have to defend and score, then I think we will be all right.”