Mowbray - Belief key for Emnes
Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray hailed Marvin Emnes after their win at Barnsley, which left Keith Hill on the defensive.
Last Updated: 17/08/11 10:49am
Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray hailed his reborn striker Marvin Emnes after a 3-1 victory at Barnsley, which left Keith Hill dismissing suggestions he is under pressure.
Victory saw Boro go second in the 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 his sixth of the season 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."
Barnsley manager Hill shrugged off suggestions his reign is already under scrutiny as his search for a first competitive victory continues.
He said: "I think we learned a lot from tonight, and especially from the opposition. I thought they were magnificent.
"Things aren't going to change overnight. You could sack the manager tomorrow and install a new manager but things aren't going to change at Barnsley football club. They've had nine managers in the last 10 seasons.
"New manager? I've no idea. If that's what the fans want then that's what the fans will get.
"There's got to be that realisation from supporters that no matter what changes, that will not change the financial situation at the football club."