Sammy Ameobi: Tony Mowbray praises Middlesbrough debutant

Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray has praised Sammy Ameobi for his contribution to Saturday's 2-1 win against Championship leaders Cardiff.

The 20-year-old marked his debut for the Teessiders following a loan move from Newcastle with an individual goal.

"It was a brilliant goal - it's what he's been doing on the training ground all week," Mowbray told BBC Tees.

"He's been dancing past people with his quick feet and smashing it in the back of the net."

Kieron Dyer

He's missed a lot of football over a lot of years and yet he's got an intelligent football brain

Manager Tony Mowbray on Kieron Dyer, who scored his first Middlesbrough goal against Cardiff

Ameobi was withdrawn with 16 minutes remaining at the Riverside, bringing a premature end to his first start since Newcastle's FA Cup defeat by Brighton in January.

Mowbray continued: "It was a test for him, and he'll find that he'll have to work a bit harder in the Championship.

"The turnover of the ball is greater, so you have to run a lot more than you do in the Premier League."

Boro's other goalscorer in Saturday's game was Kieron Dyer, who scored his first goal since signing a short-term deal in January.

Dyer, who played alongside Mowbray at Ipswich as a teenager, has made five appearances.

"I'm pleased for Kieron to score a goal, he's missed a lot of football over a lot of years and yet he's got an intelligent football brain," Mowbray added.

"I knew him as a boy at 17, so here he is at 34, all those years of playing in the top flight and we're pleased he's here.

"He's not going to play every week, but he can contribute."