Middlesbrough manager says FA Cup clash is ‘big game for Chelsea’

08:45 27 February 2013

Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray. Photo: Joe Giddens/EMPICS

Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray. Photo: Joe Giddens/EMPICS

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Tony Mowbray believes Chelsea will send out their big guns at Middlesbrough tonight but still believes his floundering Championship charges can claim another Premier League scalp to book an FA Cup quarter final clash against Manchester United.

The Teessiders dumped derby rivals Sunderland out of the Capital One Cup in the fourth round in October and gave eventual winners Swansea a real scare in their quarter-final tie at the Liberty Stadium before going down to the only goal.

Mowbray’s side will hope to throw off the shackles of a difficult run of results, which has seen them win just one of their last nine league games and slip out of the play-off places as a result.

The Boro boss freely admits he has no idea what side opposite number Rafael Benitez will field as he attempts to keep alive his hopes of winning a trophy this season, but knows whichever 11 men take the field, they will have quality in abundance.

Mowbray said: “When you manage a club that expects to win every competition it enters, or be very competitive, it’s a big game for Chelsea.

“That’s why I think they will come with a very, very strong side and try to get the job done on the night. The last thing they would want is a replay.

“I have to say, the last thing we would want is a replay as well because the league games are ultimately the most important thing.

“In the context of our season, our target is to get out of this league. The top two have sort of run away.

“The last month or so has been hugely disappointing for us and yet we can take this game in isolation and be positive.”

Now Mowbray is challenging his players to prove their credentials once again against the Blues.

He said: “The Premier League teams we have played this year, we acquitted ourselves pretty well in both games.

“We went out in the quarter-finals away at Swansea to the eventual winners in a game from which we felt really harshly done by not to come out with a positive result.

“Early on in that game in particular, we were on top and had the better chances.

“And Sunderland, to go to the Stadium of Light and win was a good day for the club.

“It shows the players they can do it, they can go and compete because if Chelsea were playing at Sunderland tonight, you would all expect Sunderland to give them a really tough game and be competitive.

“Here we are, we have beaten Sunderland and why can’t Middlesbrough give Chelsea a really tough game and be competitive? I am sure we will be.”

Middlesbrough will be without youngster Josh McEachran who is on loan from Chelsea and ineligible, as is Kieron Dyer and Sammy Ameobi, while Jonathan Woodgate and Lukas Jutkiewicz are both injured.

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