Tony Mowbray eyes four in a row for Middlesbrough

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MIDDLESBROUGH manager Tony Mowbray has heaped praise on his players as they bid for a fourth straight win at home to Leeds United on Sunday.

The Riverside chief has watched on in delight as his patched-up side have taken maximum points from their last three Championship outings to reclaim fourth spot.

And Mowbray has stressed the importance of winning games as opposed to drawing as Boro bid for a return to the Premier League.

“It’s very, very important to pick up wins,” said the 48-year-old. “We went through a stage early in the season when we had some fabulous games against the likes of Leicester and Ipswich and only picked up a point.

“One win equals three of those great games at only a point, so we’ll take the three points.”

Mowbray had to make a few enforced changes during the 2-0 win over Barnsley on Tuesday. Julio Arca limped off with a calf problem and Barry Robson and Marvin Emnes also finished the game with thigh strains.

New loanee Adam Hammill also hobbled off while midfielders Kevin Thompson and Nicky Bailey were also missing.

But Mowbray hopes a few days’ rest will have helped his players before one of the biggest games of the season.

“We’ll brush ourselves down,” he said, “We’ve given them a few days off to get their weary legs ready to go again and we will again on Sunday.”