GEORGE Friend says that Middlesbrough’s win against Nottingham Forest has been Boro’s number one Christmas wish.
The 2-0 reverse to Ipswich Town a week ago angered Boro’s players and the 3-0 victory against Forest was the perfect response.
Left-back Friend was the standout player of the afternoon and though not often on the scoresheet he was confident that Boxing Day would change that.
Of his headed goal he said: “The manager normally likes me to create a bit of a space for Daniel Ayala – that’s my excuse for not usually scoring by the way!
“but with him not playing today I had a few chances to make the runs that he normally makes and I felt I might get a goal.
“I was pleased to see it go in in front of everyone during this festive period and a big crowd.
“To score three against Forest is a pretty good achievement and a good way to bounce back.”
The win was celebrated in front of 32,277 fans, the biggest Riverside crowd since May 2009.
“Boxing Day is a bit more special and I’m really pleased we put in a performance to be proud of and hopefully more will come back next time,” Friend said.
“Everyone wanted to show that last week wasn’t us. It was a real bonus to play in such of a big crowd.
“People turned up as they realised there is something special happening here this year.
“The manager’s got a good squad and he’s got us playing well. At home we are strong and Ipswich was a blip.
“I hope they’ll be happy with that and I’m sure we can produce similar performances again.”