Two first-half goals from Lewis Wing and Britt Assombalonga saw Middlesbrough come from behind to defeat Reading at The Riverside Stadium on Saturday.
The victory, which is only the 4 that Boro has managed over their last 11 games in the Championship, kept alive Boro’s hopes of finishing in the Championship play-off places.
Boro didn’t enjoy an ideal start to the game as they were behind with just 11 minutes on the clock courtesy of brilliant Danny Loader strike for the away side.
However, after Lewis Wing levelled the scoreline in the 31st minute, Britt Assombalonga stepped up from the penalty spot to score what would prove to be the winning goal for Boro.
Speaking after the game, Boro manager Tony Pulis stated that he was thrilled and explained why he apologised to Lewis Wing.
“I kept Wingy on, I should have brought him off,” he said.
“I apologised to him because he was tired, he was really sucking, but I wanted him to get that 90 minutes.”
“He’s been one of the outstanding players in the Championship as a find this year.”
“His attitude, his approach, his willingness to want to play is first class.”
Pulis claimed that in order to gain an advantage over their opposition, he wanted to keep the return of Wing as quiet as possible.
“I’ve tried to keep it as quiet as I could. We could have got him involved a game earlier but I was concerned about him coming back and pulling a muscle or something.”
“I always had this game in mind but I wanted to keep it as quiet as I could.”
"Yesterday, I named the team, that was the first time the players worked on the shape and the pattern we wanted to play. We knew they'd play a diamond, we wanted to get it wide and overload them down one side. That was the first Wingy knew about it."