posted on Oct, 21 2004 @ 04:43 PM
Middlesbrough boss Steve McClaren hailed the Teessiders' narrow victory over Greek minnows Egaleo as the "perfect start" to the club's UEFA Cup Group
Boro came away from the Rizoupoli stadium in Athens with all three points thanks to a late strike from substitute Stewart Downing, whose reputation
continues to grow with every match.
The youngster was rested following another impressive display in the 4-0 win at Blackburn last weekend, but came to his manager's rescue to strike the
winner just seven minutes after coming off the bench after it looked as though a poor Boro performance was heading for a goalless draw.
McClaren said: "It's a perfect start for us.
"We wanted to get a result here, maybe we would have settled for a draw but I just thought it was a perfect game for us.