Adam Clayton praised the Boro fans and Head Coach Steve Agnew after Boro's derby victory over Sunderland.

The midfielder's superb lofted pass created the only goal of the game, scored by Marten de Roon after just eight minutes. 

And after a disappointing defeat to Bournemouth last Saturday, Clayton says a first league win of 2017 was the perfect tonic.

"We finally got our win," he said.

"We owed it to the fans and the gaffer especially this week.

"It wasn't the best performance but we grinded and did what we needed to do.

"Our fans have been top quality all season - they were on fire from the off and it helped us to start well and got the goal.

"I was at fault for one of the goals on Saturday, so I'm really pleased to play a part."

Clayton says Boro's defensive qualities came to the fore to see out the win.

"The second half after not winning for so long was always going to be tough," he said.

"But the effort was 100% to a man.

"We've defended quite well all season. Our problem has been putting the ball in the back of the net. 

"When we got the goal, we were confident we could go on and win the game."

Clayton also paid tribute to Steve Agnew after what was his first win as Boro's Head Coach.

"The gaffer deserves that win," Clayton said.

"He's put everything on the line and worked incredibly hard.

"He was disappointed after the Bournemouth game and rightly so, we owed that to him. 

"Hopefully we can go on and get some more wins for him."

Clayton says three points brings a refreshing perspective as we enter the final weeks of the Premier League season.

"A win gives you that motivation and belief again," he said.

"Everyone perks up, it's a different feeling in the dressing room now. 

"We take that into some tough games - we've done it before against these kinds of sides and we can do it again."

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