The FA Cup takes centre stage this weekend as Boro host Brighton tomorrow afternoon (3pm) and after a 3-0 victory over QPR, Pulis feels consistency will help his side kick on. 

“To win a promotion, to be successful in a league, you have to be consistent and I’ve yet to find out whether the players we’ve got are consistent enough over a period of time to do that,” he said.

“Whether they can play good games and then they drop off or whether they can consistently put games together.

“So that is something you suck and see as you go along – you can’t second guess that one.”

Pulis steered Stoke City to the FA Cup final back in 2011 and the Boro boss has fond memories of the competition.

“I’m really looking forward to the game tomorrow – I really like the FA Cup, it’s always been very special for me,” he said.

“As a young boy, the European Cup and the FA Cup were the two big games on the TV every year apart from when it was World Cup year when you could watch games live.

“They were special days for me and the FA Cup has always remained special to me.”