Britt Assombalonga says good progress is being made by Boro after he scored a friendly winner at Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday.
The striker headed home from Marcus Tavernier’s corner to get our pre-season campaign off to a winning start at Home Park.
“It was good for everyone to get minutes under their belt, I think we needed that,” he said.
“Plymouth were already three or four weeks in so it was always going to be a tough test for us, but I’m glad everyone got through it and to get a win to start our pre-season was good.
“All strikers just want to score so to get on the scoresheet does the world of good and builds confidence going into the next one. Long may it continue.”
The DR Congolese international says the training camp in Cornwall is an important step in a unique pre-season for Boro.
“It’s been enjoyable,” he said.
“I know we had a couple of weeks off but it’s been a shorter break.
“So the first week was really hard, but everyone is at a good level fitness-wise. We haven’t lost too much so it’s just topping that back up.
“Then you can get the footballs out and and get working on that.”
The striker has provided plenty of Boro’s goals during Neil Warnock’s tenure so far, and was handed the captain’s armband for today’s friendly victory.
“The manager’s been good with me and likewise with everyone else,” Assombalonga said.
“It’s been enjoyable. He brings something different on and off the pitch and I think all the lads are relishing playing under him.
“I am one of the more experienced ones in the group now so he gave me the armband and said ‘you’re wearing this today’.
“And everyone’s looking at me like ‘huh?’ - I was shocked as well!
“But he knows what he’s doing and if he felt like I was to wear it then so be it. It was nice to wear it.”
After a first taste of friendly action today, the season start draws ever closer for Britt and Boro.
“It’s literally round the corner, this pre-season has been tight trying to fit everything in fitness and football wise.
“We just have to keep carrying on, keep pushing to get to the levels we want to be at.
“The staff here have it all under control and we’re going in the right direction.”