Tony Mowbray does not rule out more Boro buys

TONY Mowbray has been highly active in the shopping market during the summer.

And the Middlesbrough boss has not ruled out further ‘buys’ before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.

That comes despite seeing Boro open their competitive programme by winning their Capital One Cup clash at Bury on Saturday.

Boro kick off their npower Championship challenge against Barnsley this Saturday.

Mowbray’s side comfortably secured their passage to the second round of the Capital One Cup thanks to goals from Marvin Emnes and new signing Emanuel Ledesma.

“It’s all right,” Mogga said.

“But I sat there at the end and thought ‘it’s still a bit young and inexperienced around the top end of the pitch’.

“We’ll try to address that if we can.

“We do have experience elsewhere.

“We’ve got something to build on and some scope still to work over the next few weeks.

“It was a tough start to the season and you’d have to say Bury played well.

“They’ve got some good footballers and asked some questions of us.

“Concentration, apart from one occasion from a corner kick, was good.

“We looked solid enough and were always a threat going the other way.

“It was a bit uncomfortable in the last 15 minutes but in cup competitions you have to get through and we got by a difficult obstacle.

“Marvin (Emnes) has the ability to score goals.

“We’ve talked to him about not over-elaborating around the box and to shoot when he gets the chance.

“He did and it flew in.”

It was a close, but deserved, success for Boro who had 18 attempts on the Bury goal, converting two of them.

Bury were under the control of caretaker boss Peter Shirtliff after former Pools promotion hero Richard Barker had left Gigg Lane for managerless Crawley.

Mowbray handed competitive debuts to summer arrivals, George Friend, Grant Leadbitter, Mustapha Carayol and Ledesma, while old boy Jonathan Woodgate also lined up in the centre of defence alongside new skipper Rhys Williams.

Leadbitter was denied an early goal by Trevor Carson’s diving one-handed save, the midfielder having been set up by the lively Ledesma.

But ex-Sunderland and Ipswich midfielder Leadbitter played a key role in the opener on 33 minutes.

His quickly-taken free-kick gave Emnes space to rifle an unstoppable 20-yarder past Carson in the bottom right-hand corner.

It was soon almost two but Ledesma’s 30-yarder was saved by Carson.

Both teams struggled to generate much momentum, although Andy Bishop saw a threatening shot deflected wide by Woodgate’s challenge.

Boro threatended again when Ledesma had a shot blocked after being played in by Kevin Thomson.

Howewer, Middlesbrough eventually extended their lead an hour in, Ledesma slamming home from close range after Carson had spilled Nicky Bailey’s effort.

But the hosts replied within three minutes, Mark Hughes heading emphatically home from Steve Schumacher’s corner.

The visitors threatened to restore their two-goal cushion almost instantly but half-time sub Adam Reach saw his shot rebound off the inside of the post.

A header from eigt yards out by Bailey following a cross by Leadbitter was saved by Carson, at the second attempt, and the Shakers keeper then saved from Leadbitter’s attempt from the edge of the box.

Efe Sodje was sent off in injury time to compound Bury’s woes following a clattering challenge on sub Luke Williams.