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 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.
“It’s a very hard league and any win’s a good win,” 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 them down on Saturday a bit but the people came back and were rewarded with a better performance and a better result.”
While McDonald caught the eye with his two-goal cameo, his manager was quick to point to his other qualities.
“He’s come back into the fray the last couple of months and he’s done exceptionally well for us,” said Mowbray.
“I think what he brings as well as his goals is his work ethic from the front.”