Football - Halliday has defensive future - Mowbray

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray has told emergency full-back Andy Halliday he could have what it takes to turn himself into a full-time defender.

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The 21-year-old, who joined the club from Livingston as a striker, has impressed in the absence of the injured George Friend and Mowbray believes he could have a future at the back.

He told the Northern Echo: "I wasn't sure if Andy was going anywhere as a high-rise player, an attacking player.

"Yet every day in training I would see him make challenges, being very disciplined about stopping the opposition. I felt he could play left-back for us.

"He is decent with the ball and I have no fears about playing him there, he has looked good.

"I have had to wait to give him a chance there, but I think it has worked reasonably well for us. As well as showing an awareness defensively, he does join in with the attacks, which is good."

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