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Mowbray praises character

28 November 2012

Tony Mowbray praised Middlesbrough's character as they bounced back from successive defeats to beat Huddersfield 3-0 and move up to third in the npower Championship table.

Boro had won just one of their past four league matches prior to this clash and Mowbray conceded Saturday's 3-1 home loss to Bristol City, which came on the back of a defeat to Cardiff, could have sent the team into a downward spiral.

But two goals from Scott McDonald, which came either side of Emmanuel Ledesma's free-kick, ensured Boro leapt above Leicester in third, while the top two teams Cardiff and Crystal Palace were both held to draws.

"Any win is a good win in this league - it's a very hard league," said Mowbray. "It was important to get back to winning ways and I think they showed that confidence hasn't been dented.

"I think with the weekend (defeat to Bristol City), the potential was there to knock the confidence and the belief and yet the team showed a real resilience to match a very hard-working team. We managed to get the points and we'll put them in the bag and move on to the next game."

Mowbray was particularly pleased Boro produced a convincing victory in front of nearly 22,000 fans given the club's recent efforts to increase attendances by lowering ticket prices.

He added: "We let a few supporters down with not a decent performance at the weekend, a difficult performance, a difficult game for the supporters who came out in their numbers to watch, yet the same people who came back were rewarded with a better performance and a better result."

Huddersfield boss Simon Grayson had few complaints about the result as his injury and suspension-hit side struggled to pose their hosts any real problems.

"I'm disappointed because I didn't think we turned up," he conceded. "When you come up to Middlesbrough, the Riverside, you know you're up against a good team who were looking to bounce back from the weekend's result.

"They are a good, fluent football team who can create chances and we had too many players who were off it and allowed them to do what they're good at doing. It was a poor performance from us and we got what we deserved basically."

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