Mowbray salutes hero Robson
Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray was full of praise for Barry Robson after his wonder strike sank Hull in their Championship clash.
Last Updated: 26/12/11 7:16pm
Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray was full of praise for Barry Robson after his wonder strike sank Hull City in their Championship clash.
Boro had won their last three while the Tigers had emerged victorious in four successive league games going into this game, but the sides largely cancelled each other out.
That was until the Scottish midfielder was on hand to deliver a sensational 87th-minute winner, firing an unstoppable 30-yard strike past Peter Gulacsi to leave Boro in sight of leaders Southampton, while City, under the stewardship of caretaker manager Nick Barmby, sit fifth.
"It was a great strike," said Mowbray. "Barry's got that in his boots.
"He's been great today. He's played in three different positions and done well in all of them then pops up with a strike like that."
Former Middlesbrough forward Nick Barmby was angered after the game as he felt his Hull side deserved a penalty when striker Matty Fryatt tricked his way past Boro skipper Matthew Bates in the box only to be brought down by the defender as he shaped to shoot before the goal.
"For me it was a cast-iron penalty," he said. "I thought it was clear that he had been brought down.
"I had a word with the referee at half-time and he said he thought it was just a coming together but it was one that brought our man down."
He added: "I was disappointed with the result. I thought we dominated most of the first half, we were comfortable and we had the better of the chances.
"After the break Boro were better and had a bit more possession but they didn't create much.
"So I was disappointed when they scored. I thought it was a bit of a sloppy goal to concede to be honest. A shot from 30 yards out shouldn't be going in.
The keeper needs to be getting to it."
However, Mowbray disagreed with Barmby's view of the incident.
"I thought it was a brilliant tackle from Bates to recover after he lost his man," he said.
"I can see why Hull would be disappointed by that because they played well and had some good chances and have gone away empty-handed - but we all live and die by these decisions and every week there is controversy over them.
"By the same token we could easily point to a very deliberate handball by (Andy) Dawson which wasn't given."