Kit Symons is happy to leave Middlesbrough with a well-earned point but insists that standard of performance is what he expects week-in week-out.
“I’m very pleased with [the performance],” said Symons. “But like I told the players afterwards, I don’t want people going giddy with that. We got a point. A well-earned, hard-fought point, but that’s our levels. That’s what I expect week in week out, that type of performance. We’ve got the players, and we’ve got a belief and a unity, and we’re good enough to do that on a regular basis.”
The Whites Manager was delighted to see his side put in a complete 90 minute performance and keep a clean sheet and believes his side could have taken all three points on the day.
“We’ve played really well at times this season, but it’s only been parts of games,” he continued. “At Charlton, a couple of weeks ago, we were very good for 80 minutes but that’s not enough. We need to play well for the full duration and manage the game, and we did that very well.
“We had some good chances. We defended very well. To come here and keep a clean sheet is excellent, I’m delighted with that, but we could have nicked it. They had a lot of pressure at the end and put in a lot of crosses, but they didn’t really get many shots away on our goal and that was due to our good defending and getting our blocks in and defending the crosses well. We could have easily gone and nicked it.”
Symons believes he has the setup at the Club to succeed and says the more time the team spend together the better the results will be.
“QPR was an excellent performance and this was a different type of performance but equally as good in my eyes,” added Symons. “We're a good side with good players and we're a very newly put together team and we will get better and better the more we work together.
“We've got an excellent bunch of staff and excellent players. We've got a way of working that I've got full belief in, and with those things together, we will get the right outcomes and that's what we will start to see now.”
The Manager was quick to praise the whole team for the defensive display, rather than single out individuals.
He said: “The back four played well, both our goalies played well, defensively we defended well as a unit. We had a game plan, we worked on it and we defended as a team very well, so the clean sheet is for the team. Equally when we go and score four goals against QPR, that's a team performance.
“A lot of our good play starts from the back too, so everything we do will be collective. It’s not about the individuals at this football club, it’s about what we do collectively as a group.”
Goalkeeper Andrew Lonergan was forced off late on with an injury and Symons says it is too early to tell how serious the injury will be.
“I'm not sure, he's never pulled a muscle before, Lonners, it’s a bit of a shock to him,” he said. “He's tweaked his hamstring and felt a sharp pain. Early assessment is it's quite sore and he's got ice on it, so we will have to wait and see how it settles down.”
The Whites return to the Cottage on Wednesday to face Leeds United and Symons is keen to put together a run of results.
“We get back in training and play Leeds on Wednesday,” continued Symons. “Championship football comes thick and fast and we need to get a win there and a win against Reading the following Saturday.
“We've shown we can come to a very tough place against a very tough side and put in a good performance and come away with a clean sheet, and we could have even got all three points. That's what we need to do: kick on.”