Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray hailed his reborn striker Marvin Emnes after he scored his sixth goal of the season in a 3-1 victory at Barnsley.
Victory saw Boro go second in the npower Championship, two points behind leaders Southampton, with seven points from three games.
Boro survived an early scare, Stephen McManus putting through his own net after just five minutes, but Scott McDonald opened the floodgates when he headed Barry Robson’s corner home, before setting up the latter to tap in from six yards.
Emnes, a marginalised figure under former boss Gordon Strachan but resurgent under Mowbray, then slotted home with consummate ease just before the break to complete the scoring.
“Marvin is a very quiet boy, a very shy boy, and it’s just giving him a little bit of confidence, a little bit of belief and putting your arm around him,” Mowbray said.
“We’ve just settled him down and built him up and as you can see tonight, defenders in this league don’t enjoy playing against Marvin because he’s got such quick feet.
“He’s a very talented individual, he can tease players, and with a little bit of extra belief he’s started taking chances.”
Mowbray’s career as a Middlesbrough player ended at Oakwell in 1991, and he returned tonight to guide his side to a fourth straight league win away from home.
He added: “It wasn’t in the game plan to go behind so early and yet (the players) stuck to their jobs. I think they believe in what we ask them to do and how we ask them to play.
“I think they showed at the end of last season they can come back from a goal down. We did it again tonight.
“I think McDonald and Emnes can score goals in this division. We managed very well. If you lose a second goal it becomes very nervous, very tense. We never really looked like conceding another goal. A pleasing night for us.”
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