MIDDLESBROUGH 1 WATFORD 0

Scott McDonald celebrates after scoring Boro's goal against Watford.
Scott McDonald celebrates after scoring Boro's goal against Watford.
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EVERYONE needs a slice of luck now and again.

Scott McDonald has cut a frustrated figure, plugging away next to the free-scoring Marvin Emnes for high-flying Middlesbrough.

But the struggling Aussie finally got his just reward for the tireless work he has put in every week – with a bit of help from a forgiving linesman and the break of the ball.

The only goal in Saturday’s game against Watford was just McDonald’s second this season and first in 12 games.

The scrappy winner summed up an ugly tea-time game that was unfortunately captured on live TV and seen by few fans in the ground – with perhaps the fireworks bursting near the Riverside partly to blame.

Boro boss Tony Mowbray now hopes the good fortune will spark a goalscoring run for his former Celtic striker.

“It’s been a long time coming for Scott and I hope it kick-starts his career and gets him off on a run,” said Mowbray, who described watching the scrappy win as “agony”.

“He has been frustrated over the last few weeks, but I’ve kept him going because he works hard for the team.

“Scott has his own high standards and he wants to score goals and hopefully, this will kick-start him in to scoring more.”

Read Mark Thompson’s full review of Middlesbrough’s win in today’s Sportmail.