Goalscorer George Saville has insisted that the three points is all that matters after Boro’s victory over Bolton Wanderers.
It was a far from an exhilarating performance from Tony Pulis’s side, who were looking to bounce back from defeat to Norwich at the weekend.
Saville was on hand to bag the first after a lackluster back pass from Bolton midfielder Gary O’Neil before Britt Assombalonga rounded off the victory in stoppage time.
The win puts Boro back into second place – just a point behind table-topping Leeds.
“It was important for us to bounce back from the weekend,” Saville told Boro’s website. “The main thing tonight was getting the three points and we’ve done that.
“It’s a great start for me personally but the three points is the main thing.
“Bolton are a hard team to play against, that’s their first defeat of the league season away from home.
“They sit in, they defend well and the manager has them well organised.
“It took us a little bit of time to break them down but we got the first and the second shored it up for us.”
Saville was brought in on an initial six-month loan deal on Deadline Day, with a compulsory £7million permanent move to be triggered in the January window.
With the likes of Adam Clayton, Jonny Howson and Grant Leadbitter, as well as the returning Mo Besic and summer signing Paddy McNair, Saville only adds to Boro’s impressive strength in depth in the middle of the park.
“We’ve got a fantastic squad here, and that’s what he need in the Championship,” Saville said.
“Games come thick and fast, so we need a good squad to perform very well every game.”
Boro next face Swansea City on Saturday – and Saville is aiming to make it back-to-back victories once more.
“It’s a big game,” he said. “It comes around quickly as well. Obviously we’ve got a two day turn around so we’ve got to get prepared for that and fully focused on Saturday.”