McClaren hails Boro duo
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Steve McClaren praised the contributions of Brad Jones and Szilard Nemeth.Steve McClaren praised the contributions of Brad Jones and Szilard Nemeth as Middlesbrough hammered West Brom.
Nemeth scored twice in the 4-0 win while Jones pulled off a string of smart saves to keep the Premiership strugglers at bay.
Slovakian striker Nemeth had been criticised for his display in the draw with Fulham in midweek and McClaren was delighted with his player's response.
"I'm particularly pleased for Nemeth," said McClaren. "He had some unfair criticism for his performance on Tuesday.
"But he bounced back, got two goals and made another one.
"That's strikers for you. Jimmy's (Floyd Hasselbaink) exactly the same. They are there to score goals and they get confidence from that."
McClaren was also buoyed by the performance of rookie keeper Jones who rescued Boro on several occasions.
The Boro boss added: "There was a lot of pressure on our team today. We needed to win.
"We got four goals, kept a clean sheet through Brad Jones, who was excellent, and it was a great result for us.
"That's what he is there for. We have defended very well in the last three games but give West Brom credit. They penetrated our back four but once they did Brad Jones was there doing his job and he did it very well."
The victory lifted Boro into seventh spot and McClaren is hoping his side can continue their quest for Uefa Cup football next term.
He continued: "It's always been there for the taking and we've always been in a challenging position.
"In the last four games we have collected seven points, if we collect another seven that will see us there."