Mowbray happy with Emnes
Boro boss hails victory; Lions chief laments first-half showing
Last Updated: 21/02/12 11:04pm
Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray hailed Marvin Emnes' return to goalscoring form after the victory over Millwall.
Emnes scored twice to inspire Boro to a 3-1 win at the Den to send Mowbray's men back into the play-off places.
Mowbray believes the Dutchman is now getting back to his best after a tough spell in front of goal.
"He's been through a bit of a barren spell and lost his confidence but now he's back," said Mowbray.
"We are delighted he's back among the goals, we need him among the goals."
Mowbray was delighted with his side as they battled to three crucial points.
"Ultimately we are pleased with the points," added Mowbray.
"It's not easy to come here, you always know you are going to get a game but we showed our quality and should have punished Millwall more, we had some amazing chances.
"But we saw two sides of the Middlesbrough team, the quality we possess but also the fighting spirit and the ability to dig in."
The defeat leaves Millwall looking over their shoulders, six points above the drop zone and Lions boss Kenny Jackett was left to lament a disappointing first half showing.
"We were very poor, we were physically not strong enough and we got bullied," noted Jackett.
"We have to look at ourselves, we weren't competitive enough or strong enough in the first half.
"We can't give ourselves a mountain to climb like that, but we did fight back with some spirit."