Northern Echo

For the first time since August, when automatic promotion was the aim, Middlesbrough have won three games in a row in the Championship to climb back in to the top six at Easter. After all the frustrations of the last few months, and the moans, the groans and mutterings of discontent among sections of supporters, the Riverside Stadium felt like a good place to be again, as Stoke City were left to rue missed chances. And the Premier League dream, with only three matches remaining, is still very much alive...

Stoke Sentinel

The giant road sign as you enter the town reads "Middlesbrough Moving Forward" and Stoke unwittingly played their part in just that happening as Boro sneaked back into the play-off places...

Mirror

Tony Pulis kept his hold over old club Stoke as Middlesbrough climbed back into the top six . Britt Assombalonga celebrated his 14th goal of the season with the winner after just two minutes. Pulis is now unbeaten in 15 league games against the Potters since losing his first encounter with them as Bournemouth boss in 1992...

The Sun

Britt Assombalonga kept Middlesbrough’s play-off push on track — and upset Tony Pulis’s grandkids in the process. The striker’s 12th league goal of the season guided Boro to their third win in a row and back into the top six ahead of his return to Nottingham Forest on Monday. Boss Pulis took his unbeaten record to 15 against old club Stoke. His three grandchildren were the mascots (for Boro) in the two sides’ first meeting outside the Premier League for 22 years...

Mail Online

Tony Pulis paid tribute to Middlesbrough's players for holding their nerve after a 1-0 victory over Stoke put them into the play-off spots again. Britt Assombalonga's 14th goal of the season in the second minute was all that was required for Boro to take the points. "To have five players missing from the backline... it takes a lot of courage and determination to play like that," said Pulis...

Teesside Live

Paddy McNair has been desperate to play revealed Tony Pulis, who said the Irishman was fantastic on his first team comeback. McNair was handed his first Championship start since Boxing Day ahead of Boro's 1-0 win over Stoke at the Riverside. And the Northern Ireland international had a very good game as the hosts recorded a third successive clean sheet.McNair was in central defence because Boro were missing George Friend, Dael Fry and Dani Ayala through injury. After the game, Pulis said: “I thought McNair was fantastic today, I thought we played really, really well and we restricted a very, very good Stoke team - I think they've lost only one in 11 games - to one shot on target so it's pleasing in that respect but we've got to do a little bit better going forward.”...