Aitor Karanka has praised his players for their efforts against West Brom as Boro drew 1-1 with the Baggies at the Riverside on Tuesday night.

The visitors took an early lead on six minutes when former Boro man James Morrison struck from the edge of the box.

But Karanka's side got back into it not long after when Alvaro Negredo won and converted a penalty to make it 1-1.

"I think it was a good game," said Karanka. "We showed personality because we conceded a goal at the beginning of the game and the players were better. 

"We equalised and had chances to score and I think we did everything. We faced a really good team. It's not a coincidence that they have 33 points. 

"They have experience and we knew it was going to be tough. As a coach I can't say anything to my players because they have done everything."

West Brom's goal came from a free-kick as Darren Fletcher headed the ball down into the path of Morrison who finished.

Karanka admits it was a tough one to concede but is keen to keep moving forward with Boro sitting 15th in the Premier League table.

"It was frustrating because it was an action [the goal] that we had showed them [the players]," said the Head Coach.

"When you know what is going to happen but you concede a goal from that set piece it's frustrating but again, the reaction was good. 

"We know that every single point for us is going to be really tough so we have to keep going."