Mow­bray re­mains in pos­i­tive mood af­ter Boro miss chance

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - Sport football -

MID­DLES­BROUGH man­ager Tony Mow­bray ex­pressed his frus­tra­tion af­ter his side passed up the chance to go top but was de­ter­mined to take the pos­i­tives from the draw against Ip­swich.

The Trac­tor Boys had the best of the first-half chances at the River­side but the hosts cre­ated more in the sec­ond half of an open game.

Mow­bray in­sisted he was pleased his team had main­tained their un­beaten start to the sea­son.

“Yes, maybe we were left frus­trated,” he said. “But they will be frus­trated, too.

“Both teams set up to at­tack and cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties to at­tack the op­po­si­tion and it was a good game against a good team.

“Ip­swich are a good side who have spent a bit of money and made some good sign­ings and they’ll do well this year.

“So we will take the pos­i­tives out of it. On an­other day we may have been talk­ing about los­ing it 1-0 but we got a draw. We are still un­beaten this sea­son. We will take the point, put it in the bag and move on.”

Boro have a 100 per cent record in their away games but have drawn three out of four at the River­side.

“Yes, maybe we have drawn a few more than we’d have liked,” said Mow­bray. “But if you were to re­verse our home and away re­sults then peo­ple would be talk­ing about it be­ing a de­cent start to the sea­son. And it is. These things will even them­selves out.”

Ip­swich chief Paul Jewell was equally happy to take a point – although he felt his side edged the chances. “I thought we had the bet­ter of the op­por­tu­ni­ties in the first half. In fact two of them – Ibrahima Sonko’s header and Michael Cho­pra’s vol­ley – were gilt-edged. We knew they would come at us more in the sec­ond half and they did and they cre­ated a few chances too and so did we.” Mid­dles­brough: Ikeme, McMa­hon, Bates, Rhys Wil­liams, Hoyte (Thom­son 82), Rob­son (Nimely 82), Haroun, Bai­ley, Ben­nett, Mc­Don­ald, Emnes. Unused sub­sti­tutes: Zem­mama, McManus, Arca. Ip­swich Town: Stock­dale, Edwards, Collins, Sonko, Cress­well, Bullard, An­drews, Bowyer, Lead­bit­ter, Scot­land (Mur­phy 85), Cho­pra. Unused sub­sti­tutes: Lee-Bar­rett, De­laney, Em­manuel-Thomas, Ainsley. Ref­eree: S Mathieson (Cheshire). Man of the match: Ja­son Scot­land.

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