MIDDLESBROUGH boss Tony Mowbray breathed a sigh of relief after an inspired substitution ensured his men survived a scare as they ran out 3-2 winners at rock-bottom Peterborough.
Ishmael Miller sealed victory for promotion-chasing Boro in the npower Championship encounter at London Road by slamming in a 76th-minute winner, just three minutes after his introduction.
Boro had earlier seen Faris Haroun’s early brace wiped out as Peterborough’s on-loan striker Dwight Gayle struck twice.
Mowbray admitted he was fearing the worst after seeing his side throw away a two-goal lead, but Miller’s low 20-yard strike, which caught out goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik, secured the points.
Mowbray said: “We came here to win, we would have been disappointed to draw and yet we could even have lost.
“It was all about the three points and we got them in the end.
“We set up to play on the counter-attack and after 25 minutes it looked like the right tactic but we didn’t go on to dominate the game in the way we should.
“A fantastic goal brought Peterborough back into it and a sloppy one got them level, but I’m thankful our changes worked well.
“Ishmael was a real thorn in Peterborough’s side. He was unlucky not to play from the start but showed his hunger to help the team by coming on and doing the business.
“The fact that Peterborough are bottom shows just how strong the Championship is as a league.”
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