Rodgers hails outstanding Swans

Swansea boss delighted after late win

Sinclair: Earned Rodgers' praise

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Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers thought his side put in an outstanding performance after a late win over Middlesbrough at the Liberty Stadium.

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Scott Sinclair grabbed the winner with five minutes remaining after cutting in from the left flank and firing a right-footed shot past Jason Steele with the help of a deflection.

The victory moved the Swans to within three points of second placed QPR in the Championship table and Rodgers was delighted with the way his side bounced back from the disappointment of Wednesday's defeat to Bristol City

He said: "I said to the players at half-time that they had to keep faith and they did. I thought our performance was outstanding, we showed courage and had to be patient and got the win with a terrific goal.

"We controlled the majority of the game, Middlesbrough have good players and a good manager but we were outstanding in possession, we had chances in the first half which we did not take but then we got the winner in the second half.

"We were a bit mentally fatigued in the week but we got back on track today against a team that has picked up recently."

Sinclair praise

Rodgers hailed former Chelsea player Sinclair - who was called up to the England Under-21 squad earlier this week - after the promising youngster netted his 12th goal in 16 appearances.

He added: "Scott is a talent that I know (from Chelsea) and it is nice that he has come in and done so well.

"He is a great talent and the goal was a terrific goal, it was a good move.

"We worked the ball from an Alan Tate throw and within two passes we were in the final third and Scott did what he has been doing all season.

"He showed great quality to cut inside and finish very well, and it was no more than we deserved."

Mowbray frustrated

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray was left disappointed after the late loss left his side hovering above the relegation zone only on goal difference.

He said: "I was disappointed and frustrated. The longer the game went on the more I thought we may sneak a goal, although it would have been harsh on them.

"We knew they would have a lot of ball and we tried to frustrate them and in that last 20 minutes we had a couple of chances.

"For the goal there was a big deflection that took the ball past the keeper, who was excellent today.

"The plus points for us today were our work ethic and team spirit, but when we had the ball we were not as good and we need to improve on that area as a team and we will be working on that over the next few weeks."