Tony Mowbray: 'Middlesbrough can handle schedule'

Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray before kick-off against Crystal Palace on February 16, 2013
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Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray believes that his side can handle a busy fixture schedule.

Tony Mowbray has insisted that Middlesbrough can cope with their busy fixture list.

The Championship side played seven games in 26 days last month, and face the league leaders Cardiff City tomorrow.

The Boro manager told Sky Sports News: "In the Championship it is relentless. We play every three days in the Championship for 10 months, it seems.

"You ask the same players to go and do it again every single week, which is why, particularly in the Championship, you pick up huge amounts of injuries, which we have had.

"Instinct takes over as a footballer. As a boy, you grew up playing practically every night, a game of football, so when you become a professional, it's not such a burden to play, play, play."

Middlesbrough are currently seventh in the league table, just outside the playoff places.

Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray on the touchline during the match against Leicester on January 18, 2013
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