Johnson praise for strike pair

BY foxsports • April 25, 2013

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray has insisted he has to do his job his own way to avoid having regrets.

Mowbray has found himself in the firing line in recent weeks after Boro's hopes of securing a return to the Premier League at the fourth attempt wilted and died.

Mowbray told the Northern Echo: "I watch Sky Sports News 24/7, so it doesn't matter to me what's said about you. You need a thick skin, that's what you need.

"If you are going to fail in management, then fail in your own way. If you're going to be successful, you do it the way you want to do it.

"Everybody has got an opinion - you have got one, the next guy too.

"If you get swayed too much by other people's opinions, you will have regrets, so I think - do football management your way and build the team you can."

If Johnson's Glovers are to reach the second tier for the first time in the club's history then the former Bristol City boss will need the partnership of James Hayter and Paddy Madden to keep firing.

Madden, who signed a permanent deal in the January transfer window after being loaned from Carlisle, has netted 22 times and the experienced Bournemouth forward Hayter has been the perfect foil and chipped in with 15 goals himself.

"That has been a massive partnership," Johnson said. "The pair of them have been fantastic.

"They have scored 30-something goals between them, James Hayter has had one of his best goalscoring seasons and he is a clever footballer.

"That cleverness has has helped Paddy, I'm sure. He is getting in the right areas and they are assisting each other.

"They have been a great partnership and I have had a few great partnerships over the years but those two are definitely Championship standard as a pair."

Yeovil have secured a play-off place ahead of the trip to Gigg Lane but a point would secure them a third or fourth-place finish, the highest in the club's history.


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