Middlesbrough have sent a powerful signal to promotion hopefuls in the Championship after coming from behind to win at West Brom, says George Saville.
Despite going ahead early on courtesy of his opener, Boro were pegged back on level terms as Jay Rodriguez brought the home side level on 42 minutes.
West Brom were dominant in the early stages of 2nd half too as a Dwight Gayle strike earned them a 2-1 lead at the hour mark.
From there on it was all Middlesbrough as the away side scored 2 goals in a space of 20 minutes to earn a much-needed victory. The victory has moved Tony Pulis’ men level on points with 4th placed West Brom, though they remain at 5th due to a lower goal difference.
“That has put a marker down to the rest of the division,” said Saville, who gave Boro a short-lived lead in the first half.
“To beat West Brom in their own stadium - and the form they’re in. That’s a great result.”
“Obviously these little run of three league games - West Brom then Leeds and Sheff United - is tough. That’s three big games.”
While he was more measured than his attacker, Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis was equally happy as he saw his side notch a much-needed victory.
“I’m pleased for Britt,” said Pulis in his post-match press conference.
“Now the window has closed and the speculation is over, Britt can get his head down now and give us what we need.”
“If you speak to their centre-halves they came up battered and bruised because of Hugill, he was such a handful.”
Middlesbrough’s next fixture is against Newport County in the 4th round of FA Cup after which they’d welcome leaders Leeds United next Saturday.