Important for Tony Mowbray to keep the momentum going

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An away win, a clean sheet and a brace of goals scored for a second time in as many games – it seems the ‘Mowbray effect’ may well be taking shape at Middlesbrough.

While these achievements may not seem like much to shout about, it is definitely a sign of process when you consider that the Riverside club has failed to win an away league fixture for seven months, and keeping a clean sheet has proved a tricky task this season.

The important thing now is to keep momentum and achieve a consistent improvement in both performances and results, and early indications show that Mowbray intends to go ‘back to basics’ to accomplish this.

Boro fans are voicing their relief at having a manager who understand where his players should be playing, having identified the key weaknesses in the team performances that has seen Middlesbrough throw away leads at home to Ipswich, Portsmouth and Bristol City.

We also ‘boast’ a remarkably poor away record of six defeats and only two goals scored prior to Tuesday night’s victory at Scunthorpe.

The trick for the former Celtic boss will be to continue the form, and a tough looking trip to Swansea will be a difficult place to do that. However, Boro will need to be ambitious and go for the win if they still have play-off ambitions this season.

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