Sheffield Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray was pleased to secure all three points from an ‘ugly’ game against 10-man Middlesbrough.
Substitute Atdhe Nuhiu’s coolly slotted in a late penalty after Dean Whitehead was dismissed for handling Leon Best’s goal-bound shot inside the six-yard box.
Earlier, Middlesbrough had seen their first goal in seven matches ruled out when Jacob Butterfield’s strike hit both posts before appearing to cross the line.
“I think we deserved the win,” said Gray. “The disappointing thing was the first half - there was no intensity.
“One thing you do know is that Middlesbrough are going to have a lot of possession of the ball so we tried nullifying that by pressing them up high but then it was one, two, maybe three touches too much instead of moving the ball quicker.
“If you’d said to me before the game: ‘Play ugly and win one-nil’, I’d have snatched your hand off.”
Gray also called for goal-line technology in all leagues following the Butterfield shot and a similar incident which went against his side in Monday’s FA Cup defeat to Charlton.
“I haven’t seen the incident, I just felt that linesman was in the correct position,” he said.
“It just shows that you can put everything to bed if everybody’s got goal-line technology. I looked at their players’ reactions and thought it must be close. Their dugout were up and they thought it was in.
“It’s crazy how we’re talking about this situation again (after the Charlton game).
“Maybe that was that bit of luck we deserved; it balanced itself out because we didn’t get that luck on Monday night.
“As for the penalty, I think the boy has stopped it with his hand.
“I think Andy D’Urso is probably a little bit blocked because we had that many bodies in their box and the linesman’s had to help him out with the decision. I looked straight away and he put his flag across his chest.”