The Finnish midfielder was one of a number of players who might have broken the deadlock before Gareth Bale finally beat Brad Jones in the Middlesbrough goal after 73 minutes.
Teemu, Gareth, Jermaine Jenas, Dimitar Berbatov, Jermain Defoe, Michael Dawson and Younes Kaboul all tried their luck in the first half with JD’s header coming back off the crossbar.
Aaron Lennon looked to have been chopped down in the box on the hour but appeals were waved away and when Jones palmed out Jermain’s header five minutes later, you began to think it was going to be one of those nights.
Martin Jol switched things around after 69 minutes and the changes bore fruit when Robbie Keane raced away from George Boateng and released Gareth to score. Three minutes later and Aaron’s cross picked out Tom Huddlestone who nodded home to make the game safe.
“We missed a number of chances but we stayed positive,” reflected Teemu. “It’s funny with how the game was that we ended up scoring on two counter-attacks.
“You have to stay positive in those situations, you have to believe you will take a chance eventually and that’s what happened
“I should have scored. I wanted to put too much power into the header and ended up connecting with my shoulder. Luckily the players who can score for the team did it in the end!”
Meanwhile, Teemu looked in fine form starting his second game in four days and completing his first full shift of the season.
He added: “You can do all the running in training but it’s the games that give you the proper match fitness and this was my first full game since May, so I’m getting there. I was just pleased with the win.”
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Teemu Tainio felt the fact that we stayed positive eventually paved the way for victory over Middlesbrough in the Carling Cup on Wednesday night.