Sheffield Wednesday: Boro boss warns Owls

V for victory? Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray insists that his team are coming to Hillsborough to win
V for victory? Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray insists that his team are coming to Hillsborough to win
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Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray has warned the Owls that his team will be no pushovers at Hillsborough today.

The Boro boss insists that Boro are playing for pride and to reward an away following of around 1,500.

He also believes that the expected 30,000 crowd will inspire his players rather than just Wednesday’s.

Prepared for a stiff test as the Owls week the victory that would make them safe, he says: “We know their intention right from the start, we have to see off their intensity.

“We’ll be doing our very, very best to win. Sheffield Wednesday will know it’s not going to be an easy game.

“Have we got a responsibility to other clubs down the bottom? I think the main responsibility is to the fans who have paid their hard-earned money to travel to see their team.

“Hopefully we have a good day and put on a performance that they can enjoy. Our season’s over but we won’t be taking it easy on the day - we’re professional footballers.

“People tell me they (Wednesday) have sold a lot of tickets, and with 1,500 Boro fans going, we have a responsibility to perform.

“We’ll be going to Sheffield Wednesday trying to win the match regardless of their plight. Your pride means you go to win.

“If there’s a big atmosphere in a big stadium it should help the players, it should drive their adrenalin levels and concentration levels and hopefully we can get the right result.”

Dave Jones is looking for a return to the form that revived the Owls’ season from mid-December after they beat Barnsley 1-0, and before they picked up only two points from the last four games.

“You not only have to work hard in this division, you have to have consistency whether you’re trying to get out of it or trying to stay in it,” he said.

“We have done ok since the turn of the year, generally. Why stop that now?”

He also accepts that the onus is on Wednesday to set the tone of today’s game.

“Of course we’ve got to go for it; that’s what you’re always trying to do.

“A good start would help but I’d take a bad start so long as we end up winning the game. The crowd can help. There’s no better feeling for a footballer knowing that the crowd are behind you and they’re signing your name. A lot of teams, not only in our division, would like the support we’ve got.”