Middlesbrough’s Tony Mowbray is only focused on Bolton

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MIDDLESBROUGH boss Tony Mowbray won’t get involved in talk of promotion just yet.

Boro recorded their third win in three games on Tuesday when they beat Hull City at the Riverside, with Faris Haroun and Ishmael Miller the scorers in a 2-0 win.

The comeback at Watford three weeks ago, where Boro won 2-1 thanks to a late Scott MacDonald goal, seems to have sparked a spell of consistency for the Teessiders.

Tuesday’s win left Boro just below the automatic promotion spots, but Mowbray is only concerned with the next game – at home to Bolton, who have just appointed Dougie Freedman as their replacement for the axed Owen Coyle, tomorrow.

He said: “It is really about accumulating points at this stage. Wherever we are doesn’t matter, although the players can look at the league table and get a boost. But until Christmas and New Year you have to be up there to compete.

“It is when final placings are handed out that matters. We are trying to win matches and we have another three points.”

It would take either Cardiff and Leicester, the two occupiers of the promotion spots, to lose heavily tomorrow and Boro to put several past the Trotters if they were to replace the Bluebirds and the Foxes in the top two.

However, even if Boro haven’t advanced beyond third come tea-time tomorrow, Mowbray has set his side a target of making the Riverside a fortress.

He went on: “We got the goal, got a second and as Hull over gambled we could have got a third. It was great to follow up Brighton last Saturday (1-0) with another victory. “We have to try to make the Riverside as difficult for any side to come. I have always said we have to give ourselves an opportunity.

“We will get stronger. Hopefully we will get it right more than we get it wrong.”