Wing & Sav­ille in­juries not feared to be too bad - Pulis

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Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis re­vealed he has two new in­jury con­cerns fol­low­ing his side’s 2-1 win at Birm­ing­ham.

Boro re­main fifth in the Cham­pi­onship but con­sol­i­dated their po­si­tion in­side the top six, cour­tesy of Britt As­som­ba­longa’s late win­ner at St An­drews, which came eight min­utes from time.

The Teessiders ap­peared to be in con­trol when Lewis Wing opened the scor­ing in the 37th minute, but rode their luck af­ter the in­ter­val, as Blues cen­tre-back Har­lee Dean headed against the post and Che Adams had a penalty ap­peal turned down.

Birm­ing­ham, who are man­aged by ex-Boro boss Garry Monk, did make a break­through when Adams fired home an equaliser 11 min­utes from time, yet the sides were level for just three min­utes.

Pulis’ side are now just four points off the au­to­matic pro­mo­tion places, but the Boro boss ad­mit­ted af­ter­wards the win may have come at a cost. Mid­field duo Wing and Ge­orge Sav­ille both picked up late knocks dur­ing the com­pet­i­tive fix­ture, but Pulis is hope­ful they’ll be avail­able to face Mill­wall next week­end.

“Wingy picked up a lit­tle knock,” said Pulis. “That’s why we took him off but I think he will be okay.

“Sav­ille has got a lit­tle ab­duc­tor strain I think but allin-all, in what was a pretty bruis­ing game at times I think the lads are okay.”

Pulis thought his side de­served the vic­tory, which ended Birm­ing­ham’s five-game un­beaten run in the league.

In the first half Boro cre­ated by far the bet­ter chances, as Blues de­fender Kris­tian Ped­er­sen made two goal-line clear­ances to deny Jor­dan Hugill and Dael Fry.

“I thought first half just to come in just 1-0 up was a trav­esty,” Pulis said. “We should have been out of sight.”

“But it was a great goal from Britt, too - he gets his chance and he fin­ishes - and I think we de­served to win it.”

It was only Birm­ing­ham’s sec­ond Cham­pi­onship home de­feat in 19 games and Monk ad­mit­ted it was a tough re­sult to take.

The for­mer Boro man­ager said: “With the qual­ity they have they de­fend very well and are dif­fi­cult to play against.

“It was very harsh on the play­ers to play so well and get noth­ing from the game.”

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