Strachan: Boro deserved lucky break

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Middlesbrough boss Gordon Strachan insisted his side were due a slice of luck after watching Willo Flood score a freak leveller in the 1-1 draw with Swansea.

Strachan's side have been ravaged with injuries in the past few weeks, leaving him with just 11 fit senior professionals to field at the Riverside and a bench including three teenagers and four players who have never started a senior game.

"Yes, it was a lucky break for us," admitted Strachan. "But we've had more than our share of injuries and we've had to decimate the youth team just to turn out a bench so maybe we deserved that."

He added: "Willo didn't mean that goal to go in and he would be the first to admit it but I think we deserve a wee break right now. And I think we earned it.

"We worked hard and we created a lot of chances, especially in the first half which was very pleasing. And after they scored we rolled up our sleeves and were terrific in forcing the game and winning the point and that was pleasing too.

"It was difficult for us at times because they had the extra man in midfield but between the two boxes there were some terrific performances."

Swans boss Paolo Sousa agreed that Boro's fightback deserved some reward, saying: "The draw was a fair result. They started off better than us, they created difficulties and it took a while for us to impose ourselves.

"We came out at the start of the second half and got the goal, which was a fine goal, and then we showed our quality in possession and our creativity.

"Then they equalised and then they began to believe the possibility that they may come back. Their goal agitated us a little bit and they had a good spell towards the end.

"Middlesbrough are a good team and they have quality and that is why I believe a draw was a fair result."

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