Middlesbrough got back to winning ways in midweek when they faced Bolton Wanderers at The Riverside Stadium.

Middlesbrough won the game 2-0 with thanks to goals from George Saville and Britt Assombalonga, and puts Boro back into second place behind Leeds United.

The Riverside saw its first taste of George Saville in a red and white shirt, and its safe to say he impressed on his home debut, netting the opening goal of the night and dictating play in the middle of the park.

Saville joined Middlesbrough from Millwall initially on loan, with Boro having agreed a fee of £8 million to sign the player on a permanent deal next summer.

Here are some reactions to the midfielder’s first start for his new club:

This Boro supporter compared Saville to former captain of the side Barry Robson, who played for the Teessiders between 2010 and 2012.

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This Middlesbrough fan felt that although the game wasn’t full of action, there were positives throughout the 90 minutes, and felt there was far more positivity with the chosen midfield three of Saville, Jonny Howson and Adam Clayton than in previous weeks.

Middlesbrough now face Swansea City at the weekend at The Riverside, and this fan feels that the positives from last nights fixture have to be taken into the game on Saturday afternoon.

Tony Pulis gave Saville a chance, along with Jordan Hugill, to make their first starts for the club in the Championship. Both players were impressive and will have given the Boro boss a headache ahead of the important clash against Swansea in two days time.


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