UK time is: 13:00:41
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Mowbray explains selection

Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray admitted it was a tactical decision to employ midfielder Nicky Bailey at right-back in the weekend defeat to Watford.

The former Charlton Athletic enforcer was preferred in the role ahead of specialist full-back Stuart Parnaby, who was left on the bench despite starting the last couple of games.

"It was tactical really around trying to make sure we didn't get hit on the counter-attack," Mowbray told the Northern Echo "I wanted to try to get a more defensive, robust type of footballer playing in that area of the pitch, someone who wasn't going to force themselves up the line, try to get crosses in and play too high.

"It was a more naturally defensive-minded player that I wanted," he added. "It sounds strange because Stuart is a right-back, but as you see when I play Nicky in midfield, he naturally migrates deep and wants to play in front of the back four."

Join The Vital Debate




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Vital Boro Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 14 2013

Time: 12:59PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Middlesbrough Articles

Boro visit New York Stadium (Friday October 31 2014)

Head coach hails squad (Friday October 31 2014)

Defender back at Boro (Friday October 31 2014)

Defender seeks killer touch (Friday October 31 2014)

Karanka expects tough clash (Friday October 31 2014)

Rich praise for former midfielder (Thursday October 30 2014)

Youngster's chance will come (Thursday October 30 2014)

Defender natural leader (Thursday October 30 2014)

Defender receives praise (Wednesday October 29 2014)

Skipper happy with things (Wednesday October 29 2014)

Archived Middlesbrough Articles

List All Vital Boro Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
3. Norwich 15 7 5 3 11 26
4. Wolves 14 7 5 2 6 26
5. Bournemouth 14 7 3 4 14 24
6. Middlesbrough 14 7 3 4 7 24
7. Forest 14 5 7 2 7 22
8. Blackburn 14 6 4 4 1 22
9. Charlton 14 5 7 2 1 22

Breaking League News

RUFC likeley to face January transfer embargo
Rotherham : 01/11/2014 12:44:00
Brentford vs Derby Match Preview
Brentford : 01/11/2014 12:13:00
Big Game Preview - Latics v Fulham
Wigan : 01/11/2014 10:42:00
RUFC - Smallwood Looking Forward To Game
Rotherham : 01/11/2014 10:10:00
RUFC - Evans Wants Fans To Raise The Roof
Rotherham : 01/11/2014 09:49:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Aitor Karanka is the right appointment?
Suggested By:  Vital Boro
Yes 79%
No 21%