Dean Smith's Villans inflicted our second home defeat of the season, and third overall, in what Pulis admit's was a below-par showing from The Teessiders.

But the Boro boss is banking on his players to bounce back in the best possible fashion in our second home game in successive Saturdays.

"We've had a good week to reflect on the Villa game," he said.

"Hopefully we've sorted a few things out.

"The players have been brilliant since I've come into this football club. They are a good group of lads and they work hard.

"We've got frailties at the moment and we know we have frailties but we're join third in the table, in the quarter finals of the Carabao Cup, so they haven't done too bad."

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