Mowbray delight at comeback
Boro boss Tony Mowbray praised his struggling side after they twice came from behind against Hull.
By Hayley Paterson
Last Updated: 27/11/10 7:19pm
Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray praised his struggling side after they twice came from behind against Hull.
The Tigers took the lead from a Robert Koren strike before Boro levelled when Leroy Lita headed home a Tony McMahon cross.
Anthony Gerrard restored Hull's lead when he netted a looping header in the 41st minute from a Koren cross.
It did not take the home side long to come back with Lita involved again but this time he was the provider for Scott McDonald who powered in a near-post header from the striker's cross within the first 30 seconds of the second half.
And despite being disappointed to see themselves behind twice, Mowbray was pleased with his side's response despite the freezing temperatures.
"We were all disappointed. We thought we should and could have won especially after we got the second goal so early after the restart," he said.
"We did well to come from behind twice. That showed how much we wanted it. We had the best of the game I thought and it was a bit frustrating that we conceded the goals that we did.
"In the first half they never really threatened our goal yet somehow they managed to score twice but we showed character to get back and regain control.
"The snow wasn't helpful for us. It is not ideal when the ball doesn't roll, especially for the players who like the ball at their feet and especially because we like to pass it. But both sides said it was playable and even though at times you couldn't see the lines there was no moaning from either dug-out."
City boss Nigel Pearson said he believed it was touch and go whether the game should have been played at all because of the snow.
"Another 20 minutes and it might not have kicked off. I was happy enough that it started but once the snow got heavier, well I have seen games like that curtailed," said the ex-Middlesbrough defender.
"There was lots of honesty and endeavour on both sides and neither bench was moaning but the weather did make it hard to get the best out of the players.
"We got something out of it and we kept the unbeaten run going - it's five away from home now - so it is easier to be philosophical about it. I may not have been so happy if we had lost."