Jonathan Woodgate was delighted with the endeavour from his players after chalking up his first win as Boro head coach.
Britt Assombalonga powered in the only goal of the game, connecting well with a Jonny Howson cross in the first half.
Woodgate was pleased with the effort on display from his players to dig deep and seal the first three points under his tenure.
“I’m really happy, I’m really happy with my players – they give me everything, especially the bench as well," he said.
“When I brought the subs on I thought they were excellent.
“We dug in at times, it wasn’t a true spectacle of a game, but it’s the Championship and these are the kind of games you need to grind out, we got a result, 1-0 and a clean sheet as well.”
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