Barry Robson 'exemplary' for Middlesbrough - Tony Mowbray

Barry Robson
Robson has scored 11 goals in 54 appearances for Middlesbrough following his switch to the Riverside from Celtic in January 2010

Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray has praised the impact of midfielder Barry Robson in the club's bright start to the new Championship season.

Tuesday's 3-1 win at Barnsley lifted Boro to second place after three games, with Robson on the scoresheet.

"It was a fantastic example for young players," Mowbray told BBC Tees.

"[He's] a guy who is in his 30s and plays with such a love for the game, a credit to himself and our football club."

Mowbray added: "We have to make sure Barry, and other experienced players stay fit.

"Barry's natural game is to roam and create havoc, and he was fantastic tonight."

Robson, 32, joined Middlesbrough in January 2010 as part of a triple transfer from Celtic that included deals for Chris Killen and Willo Flood.

Another senior player to catch Mowbray's eye has been Robson's former Celtic team-mate Scott McDonald, who also scored in the win at Oakwell.

The Australia international, 27, has featured in all three of the Teessiders matches this season, as well as impressing for his national team against Wales a fortnight ago.

"I said to him the other day after watching Australia against Wales, that I thought he was fantastic with his link-up play," Mowbray continued.

"It's probably a negative for us, because that will take him away on the international breaks whereas he was struggling to get in their side.

"From the last game he will probably be a stick-on in their side, and obviously for us we've found a way that helps Scott and our team and chances keep coming along."

The former Southampton trainee has netted 19 goals in 56 games for Boro since leaving Celtic Park from Boro in February 2010.