Danny Batth has heaped praise on his Middlesbrough teammates following their Carabao Cup victory over Crystal Palace tonight.
Tony Pulis’s side booked their place in the quarter-finals of the League Cup with Lewis Wing’s long-range sizzler proving the game’s decisive goal.
It means Boro will now face a home tie against League One opposition Burton Albion in the next round.
“I thought the lads did brilliant,” Batth told Boro’s website.
“I said before the game, if we start on the front foot they’ll have a bit of a shock, so that was the impetuous – and we took it into the game.
“The lads did really well, it was a brilliant performance.
“I think we finished the stronger out of the two sides. We had chances that we didn’t take but the one goal proved enough.
“There’s not much difference between the top of the Championship and middle to bottom parts of the Premier League. and it’s just realising that and making sure you’re not overwhelmed by it.
“We’ve got some young boys playing as well today. Obviously Wingy’s goal was outstanding, Tav ran himself into the ground and likewise, the rest of the team did really well.
Batth impressed in what was his first game at the Riverside, and the on-loan Wolves defender says it was good to step up in an important game.
“It was great to be out there,” he said. “First game at home and a performance I want to build on.”
The main talking point of the game was Lewis Wing’s goal – his first for Boro and in professional football – and Batth admits he’s surprised to hear he hasn’t scored more.
“I’m surprised that’s Wingy’s first goal to be honest, he’s got great ability in front of goal.
“We had numerous chances. Martin (Braithwaite) had a couple of good chances and we had a few headers here and there. On another day we could’ve scored a few more.”
Boro will now look ahead to facing Nigel Clough’s Burton Albion in the quarter-finals.
“Whoever it was going to be, whether that be a top Premier League team or Burton, they’ve earned the right to be here – so we’ll approach the game in the same way.
“We’ll make sure we’re positive in front of the fans, who I thought were excellent tonight – they really drove us on and that sort of support can’t go unnoticed.”