Mowbray urges fans to back Boro
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Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray hopes the 3-1 table-topping win over Sheffield Wednesday inspires the fans to pack out the Riverside.
Chairman Steve Gibson took the bold step of halving ticket prices for Friday's match, and the 28,229 supporters who attended were rewarded with a rousing win that lifted Boro into top spot.
Boro have struggled to attract big crowds since their relegation to the npower Championship in May 2009, with a Premier League defeat to Manchester United in that month marking the last time that a league match drew such a crowd to the Riverside.
Mowbray said: "It was great to have such a big crowd there for us. A big thank you to all the supporters who came, and thanks to the chairman who put the deal together.
"That's what I know the Riverside as. We had 11 years in the Premier League with the stadium full. I think the supporters hopefully enjoyed the game, seeing their team go top of the table and scoring three goals. I think it was an entertaining game.
"It's a 35,000-seater stadium and we've had 13, 14 and 15,000 this season and that's woefully empty. We're very appreciative of the people who've come along and spent their hard-earned money in the support of our club."