Duncan Watmore was the star of the show as Middlesbrough returned to winning ways following a comprehensive victory over Millwall at the Riverside Stadium.
Watmore has made a significant impact since joining from Sunderland last month, and scored twice more in a blistering opening 20 minutes from Boro, to make it four goals six appearances.
Neil Warnock’s side had suffered two consecutive defeats at Stoke City and Preston, but showed no signs of rustiness as they raced into a three-goal lead to virtually seal the points before the half-way mark in the first-half.
Firstly, Watmore rounded off an excellent move to open the scoring for Boro, before Marcus Tavenier doubled their advantage less than two minutes later following an outstanding strike.
The big festive Middlesbrough quiz: Can you get 20/20?
However, Watmore would have the final say as he once again found himself in the right place to score Middlesbrough’s third, once again from close-range.
The ex-Sunderland man has been plagued with injuries in recent seasons, but appears to be back on track since moving to the Stadium of Light.
And many Boro fans have taken to Twitter to praise the efforts of their new striker after his performance against the Lions.
Check some of the best tweets below:
Someone give Watmore a 10 year contract @Boro
— Robert Burger (@Bobs_Burgers20) December 12, 2020
Listen, Boro might not thank me, but get the contract out, put it on the table. Let him sign it, Let him write whatever numbers he wants to put on there, given what he's done since he's come in. Watmore's at the wheel, man. He's doing it. He's doing his thing. Boro are BACK https://t.co/0rNRI0sAjw
— Lewis Thompson (@LewisThompson7) December 12, 2020
You've got to say well done to the Boro scouts on watmore.
Honestly, I thought he'd not do much and wasn't convinced. He's ended up starting life at boro very well and has been an absolute dream steal.
— jwc (@JosephW36068541) December 12, 2020
WATMORE CAN HE DOOOOO
ALL HE WANTS FOR CHRISTMASSSSS IS TWOOOO!
— Scott Jackson (@scottjack79) December 12, 2020
Sign him On, Sign him On
Sign him On, Sign him On@Boro
— Jeff Patterson (@JeffersMFC) December 12, 2020
Watmore is a better striker than our actual strikers!
— For The Love Of Boro (@4TheLoveOfBoro) December 12, 2020
OH MU GOD GINGER PELE IS BETTER THAN OUR TOP STRIKER
— davina (@davinamarieb) December 12, 2020
Get the contract out, let him write whatever numbers he wants.. Boro are back https://t.co/G1SqVJqJS7
— James (@ashj1704) December 12, 2020
Ginger Messi https://t.co/qVnfPosRdj
— Danny Heavisides (@danny_10199) December 12, 2020