Mowbray encouraged by resolute Boro
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Tony Mowbray was pleased to see the return of some defensive resilience as Middlesbrough ground out a goalless draw at Burnley.
The visitors offered little in the way of an attacking threat for most of the contest but might have snatched victory as substitutes Mustapha Carayol and Curtis Main sparked a late rally.
Boro remain in the top six despite only winning one of their last eight npower Championship matches and boss Mowbray conceded to adopting a cautious approach in the midst of an injury-crisis, following consecutive four-goal losses away from home at Ipswich and Crystal Palace.
"From our perspective we've conceded too many goals on the road recently," he said.
"We've got a lot of injuries. I think it was 12 first-team players injured and I don't make any apologies for coming and making sure that we were defensively solid.
"A really hard-working team was picked and a lot of attacking threat was left on the bench to try and make sure we stayed in the game.
"I was pleased that we kept a clean sheet, that we worked extremely hard for each other - it's been a difficult month-and-a-half."