The Teessiders are back on the road after back-to-back home games, with the clash against Villa the last match before the league campaign pauses for the international break.

With a big crowd anticipated at Villa Park, Pulis says his players should relish playing in front of a raucous atmosphere.

“It’s a fantastic ground, it’s a traditional ground in lots of way, they’ve got hordes of supporters, they’re talking about 40,000 again there tomorrow and it will be a tough game,” he said.

“The more the merrier for me – it should inspire the players. 

"I enjoy going to football grounds when they’re jammed where the atmosphere is good and that’s what we’re in this game to be a part of.”

Watch the full interview with the Boro boss in the video player above.