Tony Mowbray must lift Middlesbrough for Nottingham Forest clash

DESPERATE FOR A WIN: 'Boro manager Tony Mowbray
DESPERATE FOR A WIN: 'Boro manager Tony Mowbray

TONY Mowbray will be demanding his confidence-shorn Middlesbrough side to score the first goal against seventh-placed Nottingham Forest tonight (kick-off 7:45pm).

The final Tuesday night game of a season of total contrasts sees Boro just six points above the relegation places and the much coveted play-off berths distancing themselves from the Riverside-outfit by eight points.

Mowbray said: “I’ve watched them a few times and they’ve got a lot of intensity about the way they play.

“They’ve got an impressive squad, a highly expensive squad. They’ve got some very good players.

“It’s another very tough game.

“But let’s not disguise the fact that it’s a game that we expect to go out and be competitive in. Let’s see if we can get our noses in front and make life difficult for them.

“We know what’s coming – a decent side, good footballers, lots of physicality about them.

“Ultimately we need to send a team out there that we believe can give Forest problems.

“We need a break in front of goal, take one of our chances and see how they react.

“We have to try and find that first goal, give ourselves a chance to win that football match.

“Four games to go, let’s see if we can get back to wining ways.”

Ishmael Miller is unavailable as he cannot play against his parent club whilst Grant Leadbitter is injured. “Grant will be a miss for us,” Mowbray conceded.

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