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Middlesbrough boss plays down expectations

Middlesbrough are unbeaten in the Championship but boss Tony Mowbray says it is too early to consider promotion. Boro are joint-top with Southampton and Derby County having taken 19 points from nine games, and test their 100% league record at Reading on Saturday.

"After nine games it's great to give ourselves a platform, but no more than that," Mowbray told BBC Tees.

"It's just an accumulation of points that all add up to where you finish."

Mowbray added: "So many things can happen in the winter, pitches get heavy, players get injured, players pull muscles, your squad looks a little more depleted.

"Let's see how we come through that. I talked early season about depth of squad and I told the players that we would have a few disappointed players early on, but the squad will get tested through the winter.

"If you're in there at Christmas you've given yourself a platform to push on into the second half of the season."

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