Middlesbrough manager Jonathan Woodgate has heaped praise on league debutant Djed Spence following the victory over Charlton Athletic.
Form and consistency has not been great for Boro this term, leaving them languishing just above the relegation zone in the Championship table.
A victory against Charlton at the Riverside on Saturday proved vital for Woodgate as George Saville scored the only goal of the game after just one minute.
The result prepares Boro for a midweek game against high flying Nottingham Forest, before they meet Swansea City at the weekend.
Having encountered various injury problems, Woodgate was forced to call on 19-year-old full-back Spence, who had a largely impressive league debut.
“We had to make changes – Djed Spence came in and did a fantastic job. Djed’s got that and Djed can do that,” Woodgate said to reporters, via Boro’s official website.
“Okay, at times this season we’ve had to sit down and have a few meetings together and tell him what his potential really is. But I thought he was exceptional and it’s his place to lose now because of that performance.
“I thought he was very good.”
Spence moved to Boro in 2018 following a spell with London side Fulham and his league debut for the club follows an appearance in the League Cup earlier this season.
Boro’s win sees them now sit two points off the bottom four places and pressure will firmly be on Woodgate to deliver three points against Forest in midweek.
The fixture will be played at Forest’s City Ground this coming Tuesday evening.
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