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AFC Bournemouth: Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray salutes Cherries' bravery
Jonathan Woodgate’s late own goal earned Cherries a share of the spoils from an incident-packed and absorbing Championship clash at the Riverside.
Goals from Kei Kamara, Mustapha Carayol and Grant Leadbitter cancelled out Brett Pitman’s pair of penalties and appeared to have given Boro a first home win of the season before Woodgate inadvertently had the final say.
Mowbray told the Daily Echo: “It was a good game and it must have been good to watch with six goals. I thought both teams tried to play and you had to give Bournemouth great credit for being brave with the way they played.
“They have been punished a couple of times for trying to do that this season and, had we not given them such a gift start then maybe it would have been different.
“Good luck to them though. They came up from League One, they have a philosophy and a belief and are doing pretty well at the moment.”
Mowbray and Howe handed full debuts to their respective new signings with Tokelo Rantie winning Cherries’ first penalty and Kamara scoring to make it 2-1 after 19 minutes.
Boro shelled out around £900,000 for Kamara when they bought the striker from Sporting Kansas City earlier this month having been outbid by Cherries for South Africa international Rantie.
Asked for his opinion on Rantie, Mowbray said: “I think he will only get stronger and better. He has got the assets and attributes to be a very dangerous player in this league. He is powerful, he is dynamic off the spot and he can finish with both feet.
“I tried to buy him and had discussions with his club (Malmo). From our point of view, they paid an amount of money that we did not want to go to.
“Time will tell who got the best deal on the strikers and it would be a little rash to judge on one game. I think we were probably there before Bournemouth and yet, in our opinion, the price became a bit too rich.
“Every club has its own idea of how they want to spend whatever resource they have and I wish the kid well and I wish Bournemouth well. They are a very brave football team. We were disappointed not take maximum points from them.”
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