Middlesbrough need to get back to winning ways this weekend when they travel to Aston Villa in the final fixture before the latest international break, after back-to-back defeats against Brentford and Preston North End have dented their play-off chances.
Pulis has turned to 23-year-old striker Ashley Fletcher in recent weeks, with England U20 international chipping in with six goals in his 16 appearances in all competitions so far this season.
So after a slow start to his Riverside career is Fletcher beginning to silence his critics?
“He has certainly hit a decent vein of goal-scoring form, but we have seen this before as well.
“Only if he keeps it up will it truly silence any critics.”
“I’d like to think he is.
“I like Fletcher, he came across as a grounded, sensible player on the Sunderland documentary.
“He’s all about confidence and finally, he’s getting some of that.”
“At the start of the season, he was a player that was overlooked and shunned for the most part.
“Now, he has worked his way into the first team and is doing well to stay there.
“Despite their defeat last night, Fletcher gave Boro the lead and is playing well and starting to prove the doubters wrong.”