Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray shrugged off the impact of having what may been a game-changing goal ruled out in a stinging 3-1 home defeat to Bristol City.

Mowbray had seen his side claw back to level an early Albert Adomah opener when Ishmael Miller stabbed home from a corner.

And Boro were applying some heavy pressure when Grant Leadbitter's corner was fumbled by City goalkeeper Tom Heaton and appeared to go over the line before being hooked clear. Things got worse for the home side as Bristol twice broke out to plunder a precious win thanks to late strikes from Stephen Pearson and substitute Steven Davies.

But Mowbray refused to point the finger at the pivotal 'ghost' goal.

"There's no mileage in blaming the referee over things like that," he said. "We've had a few things like that go against us this season but also a few go for us.

"You may wonder if the fog may have been a factor in him or the assistants not seeing it but if the referee doesn't give it, there's no point moaning. It won't change the record books.

"The result was disappointing and frustrating but that is down to the way we performed, and it must be said, the way Bristol performed. They played well on the counter."

Bristol City boss Derek McInnes was beaming after a win that took his side out of the bottom three.

He said: "We played well at times in the early part of the campaign but that was as good a performance as we have put in all season. I was delighted for the lads and for the supporters.

"We expected Middlesbrough to attack us with the two men up front and we knew it would be tough, we knew we would have to work hard and keep our shape. We did that. I thought we contained them well and I thought we controlled the game for long spells and with that came a bit of confidence."