Tony Pulis says his Boro side are itching to get going as our Play-Off campaign begins against Aston Villa tomorrow (5.15pm)
The Boro manager has no fresh injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s tie.
“The players have been brilliant, really buoyant this week,” Pulis said.
“After a tough game at Ipswich in very tough conditions, they’ve been very focused and right on the front foot. We just want the game to start.
“Someone said ‘have you got any injuries?’
“You could have got a bus out there and knocked a few of them over, and they’d have bounced back up to be ready to play.”
Pulis says he values consistency in his team selections and is unlikely to chop and change tomorrow.
“My team is the team that I picked for Ipswich,” he said.
“I’m not hiding anything. That’s my team and that’s the way we’ll go out and play.
“For me, it’s probably more difficult to get into my team than out of it – and if you’ve got the shirt and show effort and commitment I like to have stable teams and continuity.
“When you come into football teams mid-season, as I have before, you look at what the strengths of the players are.
“It’s not about Tony Pulis is or the coaching staff, it’s about the players.
“We’ve come into good form over the past six weeks and found a system that suits everybody now.
“It’s looked a well-oiled machine, and we’ve got to make sure that machine is pumping at a level to get us through these two games.”