Boro boss Tony Mowbray delighted with match-winner Malaury Martin

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TONY Mowbray showered praise on Frenchman Malaury Martin after the substitute netted a superb injury-time goal to defeat Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

Midfielder Martin had only been on the pitch for 13 minutes, but he crashed the ball past Robins goalkeeper David James from 25 yards to ensure Boro closed the gap on the npower Championship’s leaders.

And the Boro boss felt justice was done: “We have not got what we deserved from several close games this season, so it was nice to come out on top in one at last.

“Bristol will feel they deserved a draw, but we have taken the points with a brilliant piece of skill.

“Malaury hits balls like that in training and had the confidence to take the free-kick, even though he hadn’t been on the field for long.

“He hits through the valve of the ball, which makes it swerve. It was a fantastic goal which rewarded all our hard work.

“We have lost three games this season and bounced back to win the next one each time. That says a lot for the character of the players.”

Mowbray added: “I thought the referee gave some decisions wrongly against us in the first half and Bristol will probably feel the same in the second half.

“I didn’t see their penalty appeal, but home fans often see things that don’t happen.”

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