Teessiders to go on the offensive
MIDDLESBROUGH have vowed to go on the offensive at the Liberty Stadium tonight as they look to spoil Swansea City's first ever League Cup quarter-final.
Tony Mowbray's men have won two of their last three league fixtures and are currently third in the Championship table.
They have scored seven goals in their last three outings and, although the Swans start as favourites this evening, Boro will not hold back in their pursuit of a Capital One Cup semi-final place.
"It's a big test for us but one we are looking forward to," said Mowbray.
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"It's a tough away trip, but that is how the balls came out, so we have to get on with it and try to get a positive result. We know we have to be positive and set out to win."
Swansea last faced Middlesbrough during their promotion-winning 2010-11 campaign in the Championship, when they did the double over the Teessiders.
Mowbray expects Swansea to play with a similar style to the one which got them out of the Championship — but is wary of how much they have improved.
"I have to say this Swansea team is a pretty special football team," he said.
"They are not too far detached in style from the from the team we played a few years ago in the Championship. They have a few different players and added some very talented foreigners.
"To go to the Emirates and win 2-0 and outpass Arsenal as they did is quite a feat, so we have total respect for what they do. But we also know we have to go there and be positive. Playing for penalties is not part of our philosophy. We'll be trying to score."