Tony Mowbray key to Middlesbrough lift - Scott McDonald
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Middlesbrough striker Scott McDonald says manager Tony Mowbray has put the 'enjoyment' back into football at the Riverside this season.
The Teessiders are third in the Championship and remain unbeaten after six games in Mowbray's first full season in the post.
"We're really enjoying his philosophies and what he wants us to do," the Australia international told BBC Tees.
"Everyone's moving in the same direction and on the same wavelength."
McDonald's career under Mowbray has been mixed, as the former West Bromwich Albion boss was behind his departure from Celtic to Middlesbrough in January 2010.
However the former Southampton and Motherwell forward has been a regular since the pair were reunited at Boro last season, scoring 14 goals in 40 games last season and featuring in five fixtures this term.
"There's no issue, we are all professionals, we have our own opinions, and things change as well," McDonald added.
"People grow, and when you spend more time with other people, there are certain things you realise and a mutual respect grows as well.
"I have really taken on board what the gaffer is trying to do. At the minute my all round game has been pretty good, but it's just sticking the ball in the net that's not quite there yet.
"It's a part of my game that I'm confident that will come and there'll be chances if we keep playing the way we are."
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