I can't be too critical of my team

Last updated : 22 August 2012 By Tony Scholes

Mowbray saw his side quickly equalise Burnley's opener and then score two spectacular goals from two of his young players to ensure the points. "Having watched the last two goals in particular again they were unbelievable strikes from two very young players who hopefully have big futures for us," said Mowbray.

"We know Adam Reach has a rocket in his left foot, he stepped aside without thinking and whacked it into the far corner. For Luke's goal, Leadbitter flicked it round the corner for him, he took it on a yard with his first touch and rifled it into the top corner with his right foot.

"I'm delighted for them. When new players come in young players can slip down the pecking order but I would hope both of them would figure in our squad. They can't be stick-ons every week if we're going to be towards the top of the table but they showed tonight they have an important part to play."

Speaking about the first goal, he added: "Nicky did it once or twice last year and he stepped up again. He seems to find the corner when he gets them and I was delighted to be level at half-time."

He concluded: "We were all disappointed at the weekend, we had a massive following at Barnsley and we didn't perform. Our big players performed as well, nicking things and winning important headers. Grant Leadbitter is going to be important for us this season. 

"The players have shown a hunger and desire from the day they came back six weeks ago. In the first half we weren't at our best and they were a decent, confident side, but we grew into the game and the confidence came and we score some fabulous goals.

"It was about getting the three points in what was a tough game for us with the injuries we had. We had young players all over the pitch and they had to step up to the mark."

Eddie Howe also focused on those two late Middlesbrough goals. "It's difficult to take because of the nature of the goals," he admitted. You feel a little bit helpless and the players are all disappointed.

"I thought it was a really good game first half. Both teams had their moments, and especially as the half grew towards the break we began to dominate. We got the lead and if we'd managed to keep the lead we'd have said it was a good half's work, but unfortunately we didn't.

"That was the turning point of the game for me and the end compounded it. I don't know what I can say about those last two goals. You won't see two better strikes anywhere in the same game and there's not a lot you can do about them.

"Perhaps we sat a little too deep in the second half, but credit to them for forcing us back and I can't be too critical of my team. We came back brilliantly from going 2-1 down and showed great character, which will hopefully stand us in good stead.

"It shows that Burnley teams don't like losing games. If we'd got a point it would have been a great point, but we just couldn't hold on, but we fought right to the end and I think we can take great credit from that."

One of the big questions on the night was the absence of Martin Paterson who didn't even make the bench. With early suggestions that Paterson was rested, Howe just about dismissed that.

"Our squad was really stretched tonight; there's no denying that," he said. We have a couple of niggles and that really forced our hand in terms of our starting line-up, which was disappointing because you want that flexibility to go different ways.

"Martin just felt a little tightness after Saturday, so we didn't want to take any risks with him and hopefully he will be back in contention for Saturday."