Tony Pulis was impressed with his Boro’s sides show of togetherness in a gritty 1-0 win over his former side Crystal Palace.
Boro enjoyed a promising first 45 minutes are were largely the better side, with plenty of chances being created against their Premier League counterparts.
In the end, Lewis Wing’s first half stoppage time rocket shot was enough to send Boro through, but Pulis has again bemoaned a lack of cutting edge in the final third.
“It’s a disease we’ve got of creating opportunities and not turning enough of them into chances, and when we do turn them into chances we just don’t score enough.
“It was a wonder goal, a wonderful strike from Wingy. I think we really deserved to be one-nil up,” he said.
“Second half we had to show what we’ve got and it’s plenty of spirit and resilience. They’re a good group, everybody works very hard and I was very impressed with the togetherness they showed.
“Palace are a Premier League club, you know they’re going to have moments within the game. We restricted them to not many shots, Dimi didn’t have a lot to do.”
Goalscorer Wing has received a lot of attention amid Boro’s creativity crisis in recent weeks, with fans calling for his name to be on the team sheet come Saturday.
But Pulis insists there’s still areas of his game that the former Shildon man needs to work on.
“He’s a good player,” Pulis said. “He’s got lots of things to improve on. I think he’s a bit naive in his game at the moment but he’s an absolutely wonderful lad and he loves every minute of playing football.
“He’s just signed a new contract, which we were delighted to do. He’s got to keep his feet on the ground, keep working hard and one day he’ll be a regular in the team.”