The Australian scored a double in Boro's superb win over Huddersfield, helping his side move to third on the Championship table
|By PADDY HIGGS
Australian striker Scott McDonald was among several Middlesbrough players to earn praise from manager Tony Mowbray after Tuesday's 3-0 win over Huddersfield in the Championship.
After working his way back into Mowbray's first-team plans with five goals in six games, McDonald had again found himself relegated to the bench for Saturday's 3-1 loss to Bristol City.
But - restored to the starting XI at home on Tuesday - the fringe Australia international found the back of the net twice, either side of midfielder Emmanuel Ledesma's superb free-kick.
McDonald has had to battle to stay in the favour of Mowbray this campaign, but was one of several players to be praised by their boss after the result over Huddersfiled, which moved Boro to third on the table.
"It's good to get any win in this league but it was particularly important to get back to winning ways after two defeats," Mowbray told the club's website.
"We went back to doing what we've been doing well all season. Every win, home or away, in this league is extremely difficult and we set the team up to be attritional, against a team who have a great work ethic.
"For long spells it was a tight game but I thought the players who came into the team did a wonderful job for us.
"Richie Smallwood gave us a more defensive mind, Nicky Bailey did a great job breaking things up and Scott McDonald did what he does best, buzzing around, working hard and getting into the six-hard box. It was a high-energy performance."
Elsewhere, Socceroos midfielder Mile Jedinak played 90 minutes as second-placed Crystal Palace drew 0-0 away to Hull City, while defender Shane Lowry had his own full game in Millwall's 1-0 win at Wolverhampton.
Neil Kilkenny had 86 minutes on the pitch for Bristol City, but could not stop Brighton Hove & Albion claiming a 3-1 win.