The Mirror: Adam Clayton and Grant Leadbitter's midfield partnership was pivotal to Boro's promotion success last term, and while Leadbitter has yet to kick a ball so far this term, Clayton has stepped into the Premier League with typical assuredness.
The 27-year-old settled his side down here when they came under early pressure from the hosts and, as per, offered Boro's attacking talents a platform from which to play, getting the ball and looking to dictate from deep.
BBC Sport: This was a match lacking in quality and creativity, producing a result with which the visitors will be happier. The draw means that Boro have collected five points from three matches since returning to the top flight.
Central defenders Ayala and Ben Gibson looked assured, with the Spaniard contributing a match-high 13 clearances to maintain the side's first clean sheet of the campaign.
The Guardian: For Middlesbrough, this will be viewed as a useful point, although it could have been an even more rewarding afternoon for Aitor Karanka's side if they had played with a bit more conviction.
Not that Karanka was disappointed. Middlesbrough are unbeaten in their opening three matches on returning to the Premier League and, with five points on the board already, are entitled to be satisfied with the way the season has started.
Karanka praised his players for the spirit they showed against West Brom and in particular their response to the opening 15 minutes, when Albion started brightly and James McClean looked lively.
Daily Mail: For Boro, the picture is rosier, even if they are only a point ahead [of West Brom]. They remain unbeaten and moved up to sixth at the final whistle.
Aitor Karanka may be active too in the next 72 hours but he has done his business early and successfully.
Daily Star: Karanka's Boro arrived by virtue of conceding just 31 goals in the Championship last season - the meanest defence of any side in the top four divisions.
And he's brought that same approach into the Premier League.
The Boro boss will be about the happiest with the way it turned out.