Mowbray rues Boro missed chances

Last updated : 10 January 2011 By BBC Sport

Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray has blamed profligacy for his side's 2-1 FA Cup exit at the hands of League Two side Burton Albion on Saturday.Shaun Harrad netted twice for Burton in the last 10 minutes to stun a Boro side that had nine shots on target including Gary O'Neil's 58th minute opener.

"It's a common theme over the last few weeks, we haven't been clinical enough," Mowbray told BBC Tees.

"We've been on top in most matches, but if you don't score, you don't win."

Mowbray added: "Performances are forgotten about on the back of results, nobody's going to be talking about Middlesbrough playing reasonably well, created lots of chances and dominated the games; they'll be talking about the scoreline and that's all that matters.

"You get scorelines like today because you don't take your chances, and don't hit the back of the net, we have to get a better percentage of scoring as we are dominating games."

The Teessiders' exit at the third round stage is a second straight season of disappointment in the FA Cup, following the 1-0 defeat by Manchester City in the 2010 competition.

For Mowbray the result marks a sixth defeat in 13 matches since his appointment as manager at the Riverside in October.

"You get used to it being a football manager for seven years, there have been lots of times where you don't get what you deserve in football.

"When you build a team you need people you can stick the ball in the net so when you're not playing well you can win.

"We're working really hard to build this club back up to where we can first and foremost be a difficult opponent for people, we are where we are.

"We haven't won many football matches over the last three or four years, we have to improve, we have to move forward."

Source: BBC Sport

Source: BBC Sport