RAV van den Berg says Saturday's win over Leicester City was the high point of his time at Middlesbrough so far - and praised head coach Michael Carrick and the supporters for their part in a fine victory.

Boro signed off for the international break on a high thanks to the 1-0 success over the league leaders, secured thanks to Sam Greenwood's late stunner.

On the back of the win, Carrick hailed van den Berg for what he described as an "immense" performance, and the defender returned the praise.

"The gaffer gave us a really good pep talk before the game and made it clear, they would have a lot of the ball but we had to press hard as the underdog," said the Dutchman.

“It is quite difficult for 90 minutes to have the level of concentration that was required. It’s not as easy as it seems.  We didn’t let them go one second of the game which was such a big part of our work. We were really hard to score against. Last week against Plymouth we gave away our goal too easily, but these are naturally things that can learn from."

Van den Berg also praised the fans for their role in helping Boro over the line.

He said: “It was amazing, especially against a club like Leicester. They’re a very good team with many players who have played in the Premier League. So to win like this is very satisfying.

"They are great on the ball, but how we pressed them as a team was amazing. Our fans helped a lot to give us that extra energy, and it’s just a great feeling. Now there’s an international break and then we go again."


Van den Berg has settled quickly on Teesside. He's only 19 but has adapted quickly to life in the Championship and would have started even more than nine games had it not been for a couple of niggling injuries.

He's enjoying life at Boro, but Saturday's win was the highlight of his season so far.

He said:  “I think I’d rank that at the very top. I think Leicester are a Premier League team, to be honest. A win like that, the work, the goal, the way the crowd got behind us, so far it is number one."

Having kept Leicester out thanks to an outstanding defensive effort, Boro grabbed a late winner through Greenwood's moment of brilliance.

Van den Berg said:  “I’ll be honest, we see him [Greenwood] do that in training every day. How he kicks a ball is very special. To do that, in the circumstances, was pretty amazing for him."