Strachan hails Boro heart
Gordon Strachan felt some divine intervention helped Middlesbrough snatch a 2-1 win over Burnley.
By Ben Collins
Last Updated: 14/09/10 11:36pm
Gordon Strachan felt some divine intervention helped his Middlesbrough side snatch a 2-1 win over Burnley.
Boro looked to be heading for a fourth Championship defeat in front of a disappointing crowd of 15,033 at the Riverside Stadium after Andre Bikey gave Burnley a 65th-minute lead.
But substitute Tarmo Kink hit a 79th-minute equaliser with his first touch before the Estonia midfielder scored a stunning free-kick three minutes into stoppage time to secure a dramatic victory.
That gave Boro just their second league win from six games and Strachan felt it was a much-improved performance.
"There was an energy about us," he said.
"Sometimes you can think too much about a game when really you just need to play from the heart. We did that and that was the difference.
"We played well and created a lot of chances. The football gods were kind to us. We deserved it.
"Kris Boyd was going to take the free-kick but I shouted to give Tarmo a go. I don't know if I fancied him before the kick but I sure did after he took it.
"It was worth him taking it. Sometimes after you have scored a goal you are really up for another and that's what happened."
Kink's two goals were his first in seven games for Boro since the 24-year-old signed from Hungarian side Gyori ETO in the summer.
"We know he is a good player," Strachan added. "We have been watching him since March and we know what he can do.
"He is a sensitive lad and has maybe struggled a wee bit with the physical side here but he has a talent for striking a football and an eye for goal."
Burnley boss Brian Laws was left frustrated but admitted Kink's brace showed a touch of class.
"You can't legislate for wonder goals like that," he said.
"Sometimes you have to hold your hand up and say you have been beaten by absolute beauties. The lad could probably try that 1,000 times and they wouldn't go in but when you get them right there is no stopping them.
"I have no complaints about the first but I was disappointed by the second. Don't get me wrong, the shot was a cracker, but it was a cheap free-kick to concede.
"You know that Leroy Lita is going to drop like a stone if he gets the opportunity and we should have taken that on board.
"We were in control and we used the extra man in midfield well and once we got the goal I thought we would hold on to win so yes, I was disappointed, although I think we are going in the right direction."