Manager Tony Mowbray hailed his team after a second-half fight-back earned battling Middlesbrough a 2-1 win over Bolton at the Riverside.

Boro trailed after Lee Chung-yong took advantage of a lucky deflection in the box to fire Bolton ahead three minutes before the break, then missed a sitter that would have made it 2-0. But after the half-time Boro stepped up a gear and deservedly snatched a fourth successive league win as Scott McDonald twice scored.

"I was pleased at half-time despite the Bolton goal because of the application, the attitude and the chances we had created," said Mowbray.

"I was even more pleased because the atmosphere in the dressing room at half-time was very positive. We all felt that if we could create and score the next goal then we could go on and win it and so it proved.

"We worked very hard to overcome the adversity in going a goal down and we bounced back and got the job done. I'm very pleased."

Jimmy Phillips signed off as Bolton's caretaker manager with his first defeat but insists new boss Dougie Freedman - watching from the Riverside stands - has inherited a good squad.

"It's not my place to advise Dougie Freedman on what he needs to do but I will say he has a good squad here to work with," said Phillips.

"We have an attack-minded and creative squad starting to play with a bit of confidence now and showing the ability they have.

"The 'goals against' column needs addressing, we know that. We need to be stronger at the back and we are creating chances but maybe need to be a bit more ruthless and mentally tough in front of goal.

"We are disappointed not to have got something out of the game. We deserved something."