Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate had no complaints about Tuncay Sanli's disallowed goal in the 1-1 draw at Blackburn.

The Turkish forward's acrobatic overhead kick midway through the first half was superbly executed but was ruled out by an assistant referee's flag despite television replays showing the player was well onside.

The former England international said: "I couldn't tell from where I was. I had no idea it was as clearly onside as it was."

He added: "But those will go for us at some point and we will look forward to when that rub of the green actually goes our way for once because it hasn't happened too often this season and we are due a bit."

Afonso Alves had put the visitors ahead in the 74th minute after out-pacing veteran centre-back Andre Ooijer and turning to fire past goalkeeper Paul Robinson.

However, substitute Benni McCarthy headed home Brett Emerton's corner in the third minute of injury time to secure a point.

Rovers assistant manager Ray Mathias was pleased with the players stuck to their task having failed to make the most of their possession.

"I thought we definitely deserved something. I think our first half performance was outstanding when you look at the four or five good chances we created," he said.

"But if you don't take them you are always wary of something like that happening against you.

"Our tempo in the first half was magnificent but in the second half we just eased off a little bit and they came into the game with counter-attacks and caught us on one occasion. But credit to the players, they have come back and fought right till the end and got the header."

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