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Put the important work on the training ground into practice

31 March 2017

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Tony Mowbray hopes the good work he's been able to put into the players during the international break can be put into practice this Saturday against Brighton.

After a hectic first three weeks of his tenure that saw the new boss take charge of seven games, the Teessider has revealed that he's worked on different systems and formations with the squad over the last fortnight.

Mowbray felt that the team only had one way of playing, and whilst pleased that he was able to go unbeaten during that spell, he hopes that they now have a bit of variety to enable them to add more points to their tally.

"I think it was just work that needed to be done," said the manager.

"I felt as if we didn't really have another way of playing. We stuck with one system of play over the last seven games.

"I think it was important to try and nail down another way of playing if and when we have to use it, as sometimes I would have liked to over the last seven games, to flip our shape into something else to give the opposition a different conundrum.

"So we've worked mainly on that and then tried to reinforce in the last few days of how we have been playing and what we do, but just really to put another formation, another shape  into our locker really.

"When you work and play a different formation with teams you need to have different criteria, who is pressing the ball, who is covering round, how far the team push across the pitch, how deep you defend, how high a line you want to play.

"We have to do all that stuff really and put that into them. Somewhere along the line over the next eight games I'm pretty sure you'll see that system come to fruition and hopefully it helps us win a game.

"We've had a good couple of weeks. We've had a bit of rest, a bit of really intense work. Now we are building up for the weekend and hopefully we can go to Brighton and give a decent account of ourselves."

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