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Mowbray: "We did enough"

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray said he was satisfied after his team's FA Cup Third Round victory over Hastings United on Saturday.

Boro beat the Isthmian League side 4-1 to reach the Fourth Round of the competition, and set up another home tie against League Two club Aldershot Town.

Speaking after the match, Mowbray said: "Ultimately satisfied because we're in the next round. There can be difficult ties, and it was a difficult tie at times.

"Ultimately we scored the goals and probably pleased for them, who scored a great goal in front of their supporters who've come a long way.

"It's a fairytale for them really. I think they've played seven games already to get here and it's nice to be able to sit here and congratulate them on their performance and their goal, and yet we got through.

"It was a bit patchy from us I think and yet we did enough."

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Middlesbrough 4-1 Hastings United

Mowbray ready for Birmingham clash

Competition: Npower Championship

Venue: St Andrews

Kick-off: Fri 30 Nov, 7:45pm

Middlesbrough could go level on points with Cardiff at the top of the Championship tonight - if they can take three points from their match away to Birmingham.

Midfielder Grant Leadbitter is rated doubtful for the game after suffering from a calf injury. Meanwhile, Jonathan Woodgate (calf), Faris Haroun (calf) and George Friend (hamstring) all are unavailable.

The clash at St Andrew's will be Boro's third in six days. Speaking ahead of the match, Tony Mowbray said: "We're not complaining. We understand what the Championship's like and sometimes if you can get on a roll it's a positive.

"If you're winning every three days it's a great boost and the team can go into the next one in bright mood.

"This week, a tough away game to finish. We've got to travel to Birmingham. A big city club. Big support. Big expectation.

"Not having the season at the moment that they would want I don't think. We've got to try and go and capitalise on that and give them a tough game. But I'm sure they will try and make life difficult for us."

"There's an opportunity on Friday night for three points, which we will be going to the West Midlands and giving our very best shot to try and get."

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Boro keep playoff hopes alive

Middlesbrough kept alive their playoff hopes last night with a 2-1 win over fellow promotion chasers Southampton.

It was an uphill task for Tony Mowbray's side with Saints taking the lead after 46 seconds. Rickie Lambert was released on the right, and his cross found Billy Sharp at the far post.

However Boro fought their way back into the match, and drew level on the stroke of half-time through Nicky Bailey's deflected shot from the edge of the box.

Then with just 13 minutes left, Merouane Zemmama's superb free-kick put the home side 2-1 ahead.

The result means second-placed Southampton will have to wait until next weekend's home clash with Coventry to clinch automatic promotion. Middlesbrough on the other hand will be hoping they can beat Watford away, and that Cardiff lose to Crystal Palace, in the race for sixth place.

Mowbray's home form headache

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray says his side's home form may have ruined their chances of making this season's Championship playoffs.

Boro have been among the top six for most of the campaign, although they've managed to score just 20 goals at the Riverside.

The inability to find the net was a problem during their last game against Doncaster on Tuesday, which ended 0-0. The result means Middlesbrough are now four points adrift of Blackpool and Cardiff, who occupy fifth and sixth.

If either side record more than a point this weekend, it would leave Boro's promotion hopes hanging by a thread.

Speaking ahead of his team's home match with second placed Southampton tomorrow, Mowbray said: "The disappointment of dropping two points at home on Tuesday night was a huge blow to us.

"It's been a struggle for most the season at home to open teams up. We haven't scored enough goals this season.

"But let's wait and see. You never know in football."

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