FOUR centre-halves. Four goals.
They were two of the key facts as Mark Venus enjoyed a sensational start as temporary manager when Middlesbrough thrashed Doncaster Rovers 4-0.
He took a brave decision of selecting four centre-halves at the back – Jonathan Woodgate and Daniel Ayala in the centre, with Rhys Williams on the right and Ben Gibson on the left,
Boro kept a clean sheet and were rampant in the final third, scoring four goals at the Riverside in the first game since boss and clunb legend Tony Mowbray was fired.
Summer signing Albert Adomah continued his hot streak by bringing up five goals in three games with a well-taken brace before half-time with another Mowbray signing, striker Kei Kamara, putting the result beyond doubt midway through the second half.
Daniel Ayala, who arrived on loan from Norwich on Tuesday, put the finishing touches to the impressive 4-0 victory but, while Venus exulted in the free-flowing football his first solo selection had produced, he insisted the departed Mowbray deserved an equal share of the credit.
He said: “I think the lads put a performance on and I think the fans and everyone at the club deserved that.
“I think we hadn’t done as well as we should have done and I think everyone was a little bit accountable for the manager losing his job.
“I’m happy but I’m still sad with what’s happened, there’s a scar.”