IT may have been a bit of fun in the sun for hundreds of Boro fans, but the importance of Saturday’s win could be seen on the face of the team’s biggest supporter.
Middlesbrough’s chairman Steve Gibson could not hide his joy after witnessing his side grab a last minute winner to leave the club all but safe from relegation.
His car was seen pulling away from Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane when it suddenly came to a halt as it passed manager Tony Mowbray leading his team to the coach.
The beaming owner hopped out from behind the driving wheel to enthusiastically shake the Boro boss’s hand, revealing the relevance of Marvin Emnes’s 89th minute strike in front of 2,600 traveling Teessiders.
In truth, it was harsh on United who had won the physical battle under a fierce Spring sun without taking their chances.
But Mowbray was quick to claim his side was due a rub of the green and is keen to use that bit of luck to finish with a flourish and take momentum into next season.
They play 13th placed Ipswich Town tomorrow night before hosting 16th placed Barnsley, who lie just a place above Boro.
“Things are looking okay for us,” said a happy Mowbray.
“We need to stop looking over our shoulder and see if we can catch those above us and take the positive elements of that into next season.
“If we had lost against Sheffield and you go in the dressing room and the gaps down to eight points, then we go to Ipswich and lose and it goes down to five points, it’s what they say in football is squeaky bum time.
“This victory is a fantastic result for the club and hopefully we can look above and see who we can catch, including Barnsley who we play at home soon.”
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