Task is Crystal clear for Boro


TONY MOWBRAY is quietly confident his side can remain unbeaten this weekend, even though something is going to have to give when Middlesbrough visit Crystal Palace (kick-off 3pm).

While Boro have yet to drop a point on the road this season, Palace have yet to lose in their own back yard – picking up seven points from three games at Selhurst Park.

Boro’s previous two journeys to face the Eagles in the capital have both ended in 1-0 defeats although Mowbray will be optimistic, given his side’s away form this season.

Last week’s 2-0 victory at Burnley was Boro’s fifth win from five on the road this season – stretching the club’s unbeaten run to 12 games in all competitions.

Mowbray told SportMail: “Crystal Palace are a strong side who have started the season brightly.

“Dougie Freedman has got them playing well at home but we’re playing well too.”

A boost for Mowbray is the return of midfield general Kevin Thomson who completed 70 minutes in the reserves’ 3-1 win against Blackpool last Tuesday.

It was the Scot’s second outing for the reserves in as many weeks after also completing 45 minutes against Scunthorpe.

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