Tony Pulis says his Boro side need to be on the front foot when we head to St Andrew’s to face Birmingham City tomorrow afternoon (3pm).
The Teessiders are back on the road to take on the Blues, who are undefeated in their previous five league matches to take them four points off the Play-Offs places.
Pulis says St Andrew’s is a tough place to visit, but insists his side need to mirror 80 minutes of the performance at Derby County and be on the front foot.
“I’ve never been there (St Andrew’s) and had an easy ride. It’s an old fashioned ground, they’re right on top of you, so we have to be at it,” he said.
“The players have trained well this week, there’s been a good buzz about the place.
“We have to really rekindle what we did at Derby, excluding the first ten minutes, and really take the game to them.”
Boro were drawn Newport County in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup earlier this week – where Pulis hails from – and he’s delighted to welcome his hometown club to the Riverside in the competition.
“I’ll have one stand for myself I think for all the people who want to travel up!” he said.
“I left home when I was 15 or 16 years of age, which was a long time ago. My association with that area, not just Newport, but the dock area. I’ve nothing but great memories, great people down there.
“I’ve learnt everything that I know now from that community and that togetherness, the loyalty as a group has stuck with me and Flynny (Newport manager Michael Flynn) lived four or five streets down further than what I was so we were born very close together.”
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