Date: 28th December 2016 at 1:06pm
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Striker Andre Gray and defender Ben Mee were both giving their thoughts following Boxing Day victory over Middlesbrough in the last fixture.

With Gray getting back to his best in the Turf Moor encounter and hitting the 80th minute winner to register his second goal of the campaign he told the Official Site and the wider media post game that it was very much a case of perseverance with his last goal coming in the two nil victory over Liverpool in August.

‘In the last few games nothing has really dropped for me but I`ve been in this situation before when I`ve been a few games without scoring. Two seasons ago I went nine games without scoring and came out at the end of it with 16 or 17 goals. I don`t dwell on anything, as long as I`m helping the team and trying to perform well every week. It`s just a case of doing the right things and I`m sure the goals will come.’

Gray went on to say.

‘It`s just a case of keep doing the right things and hopefully something will drop and that`s what happened. It was a case of not thinking really and just getting my shot away. I tried to follow it up because I saw him spill it. I felt I needed a bit of luck to get that second goal of the season and it came today. I`ve still got a lot to learn and I feel I`m learning a lot in terms of training. I`m getting the hang of it now. It was always going to be a slow process and a big jump but I feel like I am adapting slowly and surely and hopefully I can keep improving over the season and keep scoring goals.’

With the three points putting the club on 20 for the campaign, it also lifted us above our fellow automatically Championship promoted side in the Premier League table and into 14th place with the midway point of the season next up.

‘It was a massive game for us. Middlesbrough are in and around us and it was a game we wanted to win desperately and we managed to do that. It wasn`t the best conditions and not a game I think anyone will be watching back. Tensions were high. They were our rivals last season as well and we both desperately wanted to win the game. There always going to be bookings and it was just one of those games. It was always going to be scrappy.’

With Gray being one of eleven booked on the day, he ended by saying.

‘I don`t think it was ever going to be a pretty or anyone was going to get hold of the game and really dominate. We knew what to expect and we knew it would be a tight game, like it was last year as well when we were fighting the title. It was just about keep grinding and trying to nick something and we got a bit of luck at the end we have been waiting for the last few weeks.’

Moving on to Mee who was also speaking to club press following the game, he had his eye on eeking a few more places out of the table in the second half of the year – especially if we can build on our first clean sheet since the end of September.

‘It was a very good win for us. The conditions weren`t the best but it`s a big win and we`re all very happy. It was very scrappy. You could tell it wasn`t going to be the highest quality games. It was very blustery out there, which kind of ruined the quality of the game a little bit, but we`re not too fussed about that. It`s a big marker to reach that 20-point mark. We would like to be better away from home and if we are we are going to climb that table pretty well.’

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