IT WAS the daybreak of a brand new age at Middlesbrough as they inflicted a knockout Boxing Day blow to Bolton’s survival hopes in entrance of the watching Tony Pulis.
The previous West Brom chief was confirmed as Garry Monk’s substitute this morning.
And his newly-inherited aspect delivered the right current as Martin Braithwaite and Britt Assombalonga knocked the stuffing out of the Trotters.
As a result of hectic festive schedule and printing deadline, the matchday programme nonetheless contained Monk’s ideas within the supervisor’s notes part.
The previous boss had written them earlier than Saturday’s 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday – simply hours earlier than he was given the axe later that evening.
Sadly that plea got here too late for him and he’s now understandably left feeling like a turkey at Christmas after the cellphone name from chairman Steve Gibson.
Nevertheless, the upcoming New Yr supplies a brand new begin for Boro.
The person now charged with main the membership again to the Prem took his seat within the administrators’ field alongside Gibson.
It was Craig Liddle, who was positioned in non permanent cost, that managed the staff at this time.
Cyrus Christie nearly received The Riverside rocking inside ten minutes as he launched into a run from the fitting earlier than thundering a left-footed drive simply previous the far put up.
PUL THE BORO ONE Tony Pulis named new Middlesbrough supervisor after leaving West Brom
Patrick Bamford, determined to impress one other new supervisor within the hope of an prolonged run, might have gotten off to a dream begin beneath the brand new regime.
The spectacular Stewart Downing teed him up from the fitting firstly, however the ex-Chelsea ahead might solely hearth extensive earlier than he despatched an effort off beam after an extended throw.
However the perfect alternative for Bamford got here within the last ten of the opening interval as he was slipped by means of clear on aim by Assombalonga.
He was denied by goalkeeper Ben Alnwick’s proper leg, who pulled off the save.
Boro dominated the primary half however lacked the completion however Pulis remained sturdy and resisted the urge to move right down to the dug out for the second.
However any worries the hosts had eased inside 4 minutes of the restart as Braithwaite broke the impasse with somewhat assist from a former Boro defender.
The Danish worldwide was performed by means of by Jonny Howson and his sweeping right-footed end took a deflection of David Wheater earlier than nestling within the internet.
The second couldn’t have come at a extra poignant second as the house followers lit up the stands with their cell phones.
The Boro trustworthy have been exhibiting their assist for ex-goalkeeper coach Leo Percovich following the tragic demise of two of his youngsters in a automotive accident in Brazil.
Issues received even higher for Boro within the 67th-minute as prime scorer Assombalonga received his title on the scoresheet to double the benefit and seal the factors.
Ryan Shotton’s clearance was flicked on by Braithwaite for the £15million striker to outpace Wheater earlier than reducing inside and drilling residence from simply inside the world.
A dream begin for Pulis, however he’ll know his aspect face a a lot stiffer take a look at than the struggling Trotters.
He takes cost of the membership for the primary time towards Aston Villa on Saturday.