Lukas oils wheels as Middlesbrough’s Mowbray hunts fresh blood

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TONY Mowbray is determined to strengthen his Middlesbrough squad – despite the boost of a first away Championship win in 2013.

The Teessiders marked £1million winger Albert Adomah’s debut by securing a deserved 1-0 victory at Charlton on Saturday, after successive defeats in league and cup to open the season.

Boro will test Leeds United’s resolve to hang on to Scotland utility man Ross McCormack, with a bid lodged for the former Motherwell man, and Mowbray revealed that other offers are on the table.

Mowbray insisted: “We’re trying very hard to add quality to our squad because we lost 11 players at the end of last season but only replaced them with four. We’ve got bids in with two or three clubs at the moment and hopefully we can do a deal to help improve the squad in the next week or two.”

Lukas Jutkiewicz was the match-winner for Boro at The Valley, capitalising 18 minutes from time on a mix up between Yann Kermorgant and Charlton goalkeeper Ben Hamer to record Boro’s first points of the season.

Defeat to Leicester in the league opener and Accrington Stanley in the Capital One Cup had increased the pressure on Mowbray’s side.

But now the Boro boss is hoping his men can kick-start an unbeaten run.

“Managers live and die by their results, so it was important for us to get the win,” he said. “We controlled the game for long spells but we’ve just got to make sure we put the ball in the net more often because it could easily have gone the other way today.

“We’ve been letting ourselves down in both boxes in our opening two matches and we put in a much better display. Now we have to try to build some momentum from this and move forward.”

Charlton were second best from the start and it took them until first-half injury time to muster a shot.

They came close to taking the lead through Danny Green before Boro’s winner, but the Londoners find themselves still without a point after two league matches.

Manager Chris Powell admitted: “We didn’t have that spark that I expected from our first home match of the season.

“The goal summed up our day – Yann’s normally great in both boxes but he just didn’t get enough on his header and it fell to their striker.

“We’ve got to be a bit more streetwise but just one result can turn it around in this division.”

CHARLTON: Hamer, Solly, Dervite, Morrison, Wiggins, Green (Wilson 78), Gower, Jackson (Stephens 46), Harriott, Sordell (Church 77), Kermorgant. Subs not used: Evina, Cort, Pope, Pigott. Booked: Stephens

MIDDLESBROUGH: Steele (Leutwiler 78), Richardson, Woodgate, R Williams, Friend, Varga, Whitehead, Adomah, Leadbitter (Smallwood 83), Carayol (Emnes 90), Jutkiewicz. Subs: Ledesma, Parnaby, Gibson, Main. Booked: Whitehead, R Williams. Goal: Jutkiewicz 72

Att: 14,882. Ref: Paul Tierney (Lancashire)