Middlebrough boss praises Carayol after 1-0 win over SC Farense.

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MIDDLESBROUGH manager Tony Mowbray has praised Mustapha Carayol for his performance in the 1-0 win over SC Farense.

Carayol, who scored the only goal in the friendly in Faro, was described by the manager as someone who can “undoubtedly make a difference.”

Mowbray added: “It’s no secret that Muzzy just does it. We know that and he knows that.”

The Gambian winger had an outstanding performance in a match that also had some other stand out players.

Grant Leadbitter was praised for controlling the midfield foloowing his half time subsitute introduction.

New signing Jozsef Varga also impressed, with Mowbray stating: “he can be very combative and fast across the ground.

“He kept the ball moving and balanced well with Grant in midfield.”

Varga, who is at Boro as a season long loanee from Hungarian side Debrecen, came on at half time for Boro’s other new signing, Dean Whitehead.

Although Mowbray was pleased with Whitehead’s performance, he was involved in a flashpoint near half time.

After a fairly safe challenge, a Farense player began to grapple with Whitehead.

Mowbray commented on the incident saying: “Grant has fire in his belly, as we saw at one point.”

The ex-Sunderland and Stoke midfielder is a valuable asset to Boro as he has been promoted twice, both times with he Black Cats.

Their opponents, SC Farense, lie in the Portuguese second division and, similar to Boro have ambitions of returning to the top flight.

Mowbray added: “They were a decent team and tried to move it around. I thought we deserved to win the game.”