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Hero Flood's lucky strike for Boro

Willo Flood became an instant hero to worried Middlesbrough fans, after he marked his home debut for the struggling club with a goal.

But the Dublin-born midfielder, who earlier this month completed his move from Celtic, admits that his strike against Swansea on Saturday was more about luck than anything else.

Flood, 24, joined Boro two weeks ago after a difficult 12-month spell at Parkhead.

The former Cherry Orchard man has already won a place in the Boro side, making his first appearance in the 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United and then making his home debut against Swansea at the weekend.

His goal cancelled out an earlier strike from Swansea and Boro went on to take a point, but Flood admits that his goal was intended as a cross.

"I shanked the life out of it," Flood said after scoring his first goal in more than two years. "It was a cross.

"I put my hands on my head thinking it had gone wrong, but then it ended up in the net.

"The lads have given me plenty of stick, but we were due that bit of luck, and I don't get too many goals.

"I got Goal of the Season at Dundee -- but I meant that one."

Boro have been struggling in recent times, with just two wins from the last 14 games, and the frustration of the fans was evident in the attendance against Swansea on Saturday: just 16,000 supporters were at the Riverside, meaning there were almost 20,000 empty seats.

"The lads have grafted for the gaffer," he said.

"We need to keep working on the training pitch, but Gordon Strachan will definitely turn things around.

"He's a top, top manager and Middlesbrough are so lucky to have him here."