Tony Pulis was not mincing his words on 26-year-old Jordan Hugill.
The Boro striker has featured in 12 games in all competitions so far this season, starting in five Championship clashes including the full 90 minutes at the weekend against Stoke.
At the Bet365 Stadium Hugill had chances to score and forced a strong stop from former England goalie Jack Butland, but later left himself embarrassed with his antics in search of free-kicks.
Speaking after the game, Pulis lambasted his forward vowing his ‘nonsense has got to stop’.
The Gazette reported the 60-year-old coach as saying: “I thought Jordan went down far, far too easily a couple of times.
“I don’t want that as a manager. That’s not right.
“We’ve sorted that out after the game. I think he went down twice dramatically. I don’t like all that nonsense. That’s got to stop and he’ll know that now.”
When these Boro fans got wind of the manager’s criticism of the former Preston hitman, they reacted with joy after being witness to his antics on Saturday and previously as well.
Thank goodness we have finally had acknowledgement; it is, frankly, embarrassing to see a brawny Teessider launch himself the way he does
— JAYCEE (@radburn75) November 3, 2018
Took him long enough to spot that, he’s done it in every game he’s played
— paul hughes (@paulhughes321) November 4, 2018
It’s his only contribution. He thinks it is strategic! Well done Tony Pulis for his action ……the crowd know about Hugill. He is not a favourite, he got lucky as he is not good enough for #MFC
— Bill Warby (@warby_bill) November 4, 2018
Get Hugill out of this team #boro
— The Fresh Prince (@_TY_97) November 3, 2018
@Smith71Keith exactly what we were saying last night
— Robert Price (@bigdog211988) November 4, 2018
Jordan Hugill is a waste of space #BoroLive
— Mat Evans (@justcalledtosay) November 3, 2018
In his career? I like Hugill, he just goes down looking for any touch
— Daniel (@tiernagekicks) November 3, 2018
Good advice TP. Can you also have a word with him, and all other of your strikers, that when through 1v1 they put the ball past the keeper, without giving them a chance to stop it #basics
— Gibson is King (@P_Davies_Yarm) November 3, 2018