Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock has offered his verdict on the 4-1 win at Birmingham City on Saturday.
Boro ran riot at St Andrew’s to turn around a 1-0 deficit and run out winners in the Championship clash.
Maxime Colin put Blues ahead 15 minutes in as Aitor Karanka’s side began the game well but Britt Assombalonga equalised before George Saville put Boro ahead at half time.
Neil Etheridge dropped a corner kick into his own goal 11 minutes after the break and Lewis Wing sealed the win for the visitors eight minutes from time.
Blues have now slipped to 17th place and sit six points from the relegation zone while Boro’s play-off push is well and truly up and running with Warnock’s men climbing into sixth place.
“To say we went behind – it really came out of nothing, that goal,” Warnock said of Assombalonga’s strike.
“I didn’t see it coming and our goalkeeper made a good save with his feet at 1-0 but once we equalised I thought we were right on the front foot.
“From then on we were really dominant, created some great chances and could have scored more goals.
“It’s a long time since we scored four away from home but there were some good goals.
“I love to see them on the front foot – I can’t keep them back.
“I’ve got Paddy McNair doing overlaps in the 93rd minute and it’s lovely to have a week without a game.
“I just thought Chuba (Akpom) and Duncan (Watmore) looked a bit tired at the end of training and I thought Britt looked good and sharp.
“What can you say about ‘Wingy’ (Lewis Wing)? I thought (George) Saville was outstanding and little Sam (Morsy) ended up at centre half at the end.
“The two centre halves were immaculate and everything that happened in midfield was around Saville so I’m really pleased for them all because they’re a good group and we’re thin on the ground – we had two goalkeepers and two kids on the bench.
“Paddy has brought the best out of Dael (Fry). I put my arm around them both coming off, saying ‘you two have been brilliant – I can’t remember too many better partnerships I’ve had’.”