In­dus­tri­ous Hugill is Boro’s star at­trac­tion

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

MID­DLES­BROUGH boss Tony Pulis hailed his side’s re­silience as they con­tin­ued their fine run of form with a 2-1 win at Brent­ford.

Goals from Jor­dan Hugill and Mar­cus Tav­ernier made it six games un­beaten, with Boro sec­ond in the Sky Bet Cham­pi­onship, two points be­hind lead­ers Nor­wich, who had ham­mered Swansea City 4-1 at the Lib­erty Sta­dium ear­lier in the day.

He said: “This is a very dif­fi­cult place to come, it’s a very tight ground and they move the ball around re­ally well. They are a good side so this is a very good win.

“I’ve been here a lot and it’s not a ground you look for­ward to play­ing at un­der the lights, so it’s pleas­ing that we came and did a very tight, pro­fes­sional job.”

Pulis had spe­cial praise for striker Hugill, who gave the hosts’ two young cen­tre-backs a tor­rid time through­out the match.

He said: “He moved them about and gave them a very phys­i­cal test and that al­lowed us to get oth­ers in and around him to pick up the pieces.”

Alan Judge gave Brent­ford hope with a late goal and Pulis was un­happy with how his side dropped deeper to let the hosts back into the game.

“Once we were two up I thought we could have con­sol­i­dated and looked to add to it,” he added.

“But we fell back a lit­tle and that al­lowed them to get back into the game a lit­tle which was dis­ap­point­ing.

“But we were re­silient, well or­gan­ised and al­ways posed a threat go­ing for­ward, so I can’t re­ally com­plain too much about the out­come.”

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