Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray lauded Sammy Ameobi for his contribution to Saturday's 2-1 win against Championship leaders Cardiff.
The 20-year-old marked his debut for the Teessiders following a loan move from Newcastle with an individual goal.
"It was a brilliant goal - it's what he's been doing on the training ground all week," Mowbray told BBC Tees.
"He's been dancing past people with his quick feet and smashing it in the back of the net."
Mowbray continued: "It was a test for him, and he'll find that he'll have to work a bit harder in the Championship.
"The turnover of the ball is greater, so you have to run a lot more than you do in the Premier League."