The Boro boss discussed his selection decisions as we bid for a return to winning ways at Blackburn, with Aden Flint picking up an injury in Wednesday's defeat to Sheffield United and Daniel Ayala sent off in the same game.

Pulis also spoke of his admiration for former Teessiders manager Tony Mowbray in the past, with the two going head-to-head again this weekend.

Watch the media conference in full in the video player above. 

In Quotes

On Losing Just One In The Last Seven

"That (the defeat to Sheffield United on Wednesday) was our first loss since Boxing Day, and that says it all. It's going to be difficult Sunday and we can't hide the fact we're missing some key players, but we're going to give it our best shot."

On The Play-Off Hunt 

"We're in a good position and close to the action. The three games we've played - Leeds, West Brom and Sheffield United - we could have come out with more points. We're maybe short of one or two players with the pace to beat players in the final third. It's a good group and they're committed." 

On The Last Meeting With Blackburn And Sunday's Game

"Losing Mo (Besic) after 20 minutes didn't help, but Britt (Assombalonga) scores at the end and we could have won it. It's going to be tough, it's on TV, we'll be going there with a changed team and it's going to be a tough game. He (Tony Mowbray) left three of his best players out midweek and we know it's going to be tough. Tony's a good person and he's coming up against his former club, he's a good lad and a good person." 

On Blackburn Rovers 

"They got promoted last year and Tony's done a great job there, they've got some good players and Tony will have his players up for it coming up against his former club and he'll want to get one over us. We know it's going to be tough for us. We have to show the right application on Sunday."