MIDDLESBROUGH, like Sunderland, need a striker to bolster their ambitions for the Championship campaign.
Boss Tony Mowbray admitted he was frustrated as Boro leaked a leveller and missed a chance to go top of the npower Championship table with Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Coventry.
Boro dominated the first half and deservedly led through Marvin Emnes, but the Sky Blues battled back to rescue a point courtesy of Lukas Jutkiewicz.
That pushed unbeaten Boro back down to fourth place on a day when they could have finished top of the pile.
“It was a chance missed,” said Mowbray. “We know that. We missed a few clear-cut opportunities to wrap it up and we’ve said it time and again that at 1-0 you are never safe.
“We controlled the game for long spells and, apart from their goal, they didn’t have chances, whereas we did.
“We only had one striker and that makes it difficult as we weren’t getting enough people into the box, plus we had a game in midweek and they didn’t and maybe that was a factor too.”
The wage bill has been brought down to a more acceptable level, but the bottom line is, Boro need a striker or, preferably, two.
“We’re working very hard behind the scenes to make that happen,” said Mowbray.
“Everyone is pretty sure something will happen, it’s a question of can we get the ones we want and when will it happen?
“Either in the next three days we will do a permanent deal or after that we’d have to look at the loan market.”
MIDDLESBROUGH: Ikeme, McMahon, McManus, Bates, Bennett, Hoyte (Martin 79), Rhys Williams, Robson, Bailey, Arca (Haroun 62), Emnes. Subs not used: Kink, Hines, Smallwood. Goal: Emnes 21
COVENTRY: Murphy, Christie, Cranie, Keogh, Hussey, Baker, Clingan, Bigirimana, Bell (Thomas 42), Jutkiewicz, O’Donovan. Subs not used: Dunn, McPake, Cameron, Eastwood. Booked: Baker. Goal: Jutkiewicz 76
Att: 17,432. Ref: Paul Tierney (Lancashire)