The defender, returning from an injury sustained late last season, skippered Boro in the first sixty minutes of a 7-1 victory at Heritage Park.

"I'm really pleased," he said.

"When the scoreline starts getting a bit higher there's always a temptation to slow it down.

"But the boys did well, they stayed hungry and tried to do the things the manager has put forward this season, pressing and playing it out from the back quickly."

Watch the full interview with George Friend in the video player above.