MIDDLESBROUGH 1 SHREWSBURY TOWN 0

Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray admitted his side made hard work of a narrow 1-0 FA Cup third-round win over an enterprising Shrewsbury.

The League Two side carved out some fantastic chances early on and even after Boro had settled the nerves with a Marvin Emnes goal just before the break, the visitors could have snatched at least a replay with some late raids.

Mowbray acknowledged his side had never really settled while also paying tribute to their opponents.

He said: “It was never comfortable.

“I have to give them huge credit. They were a credit to their club and to the second division.

“They were on the front foot right from the off, played some very positive football and asked us a lot of questions.

“We rode our luck a little at times and yes they created some good chances to get something, especially late on but equally, we had chances and if we were a bit more ruthless in front of goal it could have been an easier day for us and we wouldn’t have to worry about equalisers.

“But there’s no easy games, we know that.”

Read more of Mowbray’s thoughts, plus reaction to Middlesbrough’s FA Cup draw against Sunderland, in today’s Sportmail.