Mowbray is delighted with Fratton draw as Boro ease relegation fears

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Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray praised his players for ‘grinding out’ a draw against Pompey on Saturday.

The struggling Teesiders conceded five goals the last time they travelled away from the Riverside – losing 5-2 at the hands of Reading the previous weekend.

The Boro players responded brilliantly to that heavy defeat by securing a 2-1 win over Derby on Tuesday night.

And Mowbray was delighted the confidence was still there to secure a shut out against a Blues side who had won their previous four games on home soil.

Mowbray said: ‘I think we saw on Tuesday night that the commitment to the cause is there, and the desire to go and turn around the five goals we lost at Reading last week.

‘I’m disappointed with our ball retention, of course. The chances created were not what we would require.

‘But sometimes football teams have to come and grind out results like that, particularly when we are at the bottom.

‘The players will take a lot of confidence from the fact they could do that.

‘I just felt the attitude of the team was right.

‘We lost some early goals last week and the heads went down.

‘This week we were always in the football match and (Marvin) Emnes could have won it late on when he went through one-on-one and the keeper made a decent save.

‘The crossbar saved us in the first half from Hermann Hreidarsson’s header and Seb (Hines) cleared one off the line.

‘But apart from that, we didn’t really get threatened.

‘It was probably a fair result.’