McClaren wants more goals
By Rob Lancaster
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 2-0 win at The Riverside helped keep the Teessiders on course for their highest finish in the top flight.
Although the clean sheet delighted the former Manchester United No.2, he expressed his disappointment that his side failed to take their chances in front of goal.
"We got two goals, a clean sheet and a great win," beamed the Boro boss.
"However I'm disappointed we didn't score more goals. Last time we played at home we scored five classic goals and we were looking for that again, but you can't have it all.
"We played some great football and when we do play like that we create more chances."
McClaren did reserve special praise for the performance of striker Massimo Maccarone.
The Italian front-man endured a difficult first half to the season and was left out of the squad that took part in the club's historic Carling Cup triumph in February.
However he has now bounced back to claim a regular place in the starting XI and received a standing ovation from the home fans when he was substituted in the second half.
"Since the New Year and the cup final Massimo has been tremendous," he stated.
"He is becoming a crowd favourite again and his all-round team play and work ethic were excellent."
McClaren is now hoping the club can push on in the final few weeks of the season and is delighted that the players have not let their form slip since their cup victory.
He said: "The attitude of the squad has impressed me, our season could have fizzled out after the final but it hasn't.
"Let's just get as many points as we can. We want a good end to the season."