Pulis happy to have ‘ground out’ a point against Lampard’s Derby

Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis is delighted that his side were able to secure a point thanks to a late own goal against Derby County.

George Friend had scored an own goal early on to hand Frank Lampard’s men an early lead but a freak Jayden Bogle own goal secured a point for Boro.

Pulis has hailed his players for staying in the game after their early setback.

“At 1-0 you’ve always got an opportunity and a chance,” said Pulis in his post-match press conference. “In the second half the game wasn’t as fluid but we ground it out.

“We worked very, very hard, the lads had a right go. I’ve been involved in lots of games where we’ve played exceptionally well and lost and played exceptionally well and not won a game so today we’ve not played well but we’ve ground out a point.

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The former Stoke City manager lavished praise on his players for securing a positive result against  a Derby side earning all the plaudits for their style of play.

“And if you look at Derby they are flying at the moment, they’ve got the wind behind their sails, they’ve beaten Sheffield United, they’ve beaten West Brom, so they are on a high and the last thing they needed was for us to give them a leg up for the first 22, 25 minutes.’’ He added.

But Pulis is delighted that despite a sub par performance, his side managed to grind out the draw and keep pace with the chasing pack in the Championship.

“But the great thing is we haven’t played very well today against an in-form team and we’ve still got a point.”

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