Industrious Hugill is Boro’s star attraction
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.”