Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray revealed a calm half-time team talk helped his side come from behind to beat Crystal Palace 2-1 in the basement battle at the Riverside.

Mowbray collected his first win in charge of the npower Championship outfit thanks to a Tarmo Kink strike and a stoppage-time own-goal from Palace's Paddy McCarthy after Pablo Counago's first-half goal had put the Eagles ahead.

"The lads were a bit down at half-time because it was very disappointing to have worked so hard and be behind," said Mowbray, whose side now have three points between themselves and bottom club Palace.

"But there was no shouting and bawling and no finger pointing. I just talked to them and told them they were a good side and that they had to go out and have belief in their own abilities. They did that and it showed.

``I was pleased for them in the second half because they were better, brighter and we got a few breaks. I was delighted for them and delighted for the supporters because they showed belief and got behind us too.''

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