Danny Batth says that Boro rose to the occasion of playing Premier League Palace at the Riverside tonight.
A corker from Lewis Wing was enough to secure Carabao Cup progress for Boro on a night when Tony Pulis' men could have had more goals.
"I thought the lads were brilliant," Batth said.
"We said before the game, if we start on the front foot we can give them a shock.
"That was the impetus and we took it into the game.
"We had more chances to seal it but the one goal proved enough."
Loan man Batth - making his home bow tonight - says Boro showed promotion pedigree in the cup contest.
"There's not much difference between the top of the Championship and the Premier League," he said.
"it's realising that and not being overwhelmed by it.
"We had some young boys out there as well and they did brilliantly.
"Wingy's goal was outstanding, Tav ran himself into ground and likewise the rest of the team did really well.
"It's just great to be out there, it was a first game for me at home tonight and one I want to build on."
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