Tony Pulis was pleased with a spirited display from his Boro side after a goalless draw away to his former club Stoke City.
The point keeps Boro in the upper echelons of the Sky Bet Championship table, with Jordan Hugill and Jonny Howson both denied by former England stopper Jack Butland in the second half.
Although he was disappointed his side didn’t come away from the bet365 Stadium with a win, the spirited performance left Pulis feeling optimistic.
“It was a tough game, the conditions were very difficult, I thought both sets of players went about it in the right way, second half I thought we had the better chances and Butland’s made two, good saves first half and made two excellent saves second half,” he said.
“I’m disappointed in one respect we didn’t get the three points, it’s the same as what we’ve talked about.
“There’s not a more honest team in the league and they work so hard and for one another and if you go out there now, Dani Ayala could have had a weekend off but he’s come with us to be with the group and he’s put the kit on the bus after the game.
“Everyone has bought into that spirit I want as a manager and my club to have, and again it showed today – that spirit takes you a long way.”
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