Middlesbrough snap up striker Ogbeche

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MIDDLESBROUGH boss Tony Mowbray is set to sign striker Bartholomew Ogbeche.

The Nigerian forward impressed last week on a trial with goal-shy Boro and could even be in contention for a place in the squad that travels to Nottingham Forest tomorrow.

The 26-year-old is a free agent after being released by Greek side Kavala in the summer. He has previously played for Paris St Germain, Alaves and Valladolid.

Boro are in need of a boost after their early-season goals have dried up.

The Teessiders blew their chance to go top of the league as they also wiped out a record that has stood for 101 years.

Middlesbrough went unbeaten for the 11th game in a row against Millwall, but you won’t find Boro boss Tony Mowbray toasting the triumph.

He rued the result as “two points dropped” as his side drew for the fifth home game in a row.

His misfiring forwards could not break the deadlock for the fourth game in succession and had to rely on a 24th minute Barry Robson rocket to give them hope of victory.

But a freak own goal by Rhys Williams, with just less than an hour gone drew the sides level and stopped Boro topping the table with 11 matches played.

“I think we’re all aware we need to win more home games,” said a disappointed Mowbray. “We’ve talked about that. I think we’ve hit the woodwork more than any other team in the league. We remain unbeaten in 11 games, but we’ve had too many draws.”

Frustrations inside the Riverside grew as the clock ticked down on Saturday and culminated in Scott McDonald being jeered off the pitch as the out-of-form forward struggled again to find the net.

Middlesbrough: Steele, McMahon, Bates, Rhys Williams, Bennett, Arca (Nimely 65), Robson, Thomson (Haroun 65), Bailey, Emnes, McDonald (Martin 84). Subs Not Used: Hoyte, McManus. Booked: Bailey. Goals: Robson 24.

Millwall: Forde, Mkandawire, Robinson, Ward, Barron (Smith 90), Trotter, Abdou, Howard, Feeney, Agyemang (Simpson 46), Henderson. Subs Not Used: Mildenhall, Henry, N’Guessan. Booked: Simpson, Barron. Goals: Trotter 55.

Att: 16,669 Ref: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire).