For the second week running, Britt Assombalonga's single goal was enough to hand Boro victory.

Shotton was on the left-hand side of a somewhat makeshift Boro backline, and was pleased with how the unit dealt with Stoke's threat.

"We knew it wasn't going to be easy, they've got players that mean they're probably disappointed to be where they are in the table." he said.

"It doesn't really matter how they come at the moment, it's all about getting in the Play-Offs and staying there, so we'll take that.

"We said we wanted to get after them, get the ball wide and stretch them. It's a fantastic ball from Jonny and Britt is always there.

"From then on it's about keeping the ball, and overall I think we defended brilliantly."

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