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O'Neil pleased with full Middlesbrough debut

Gary O'Neil was happy with his full debut for Middlesbrough in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Sunderland.

"I thoroughly enjoyed the game," the 24-year-old told Boro's website. "I thought it was a decent performance and we did quite well considering all the injuries we picked up along the way.

"I work as hard as I can, I try and give everything I've got, so hopefully the fans will see that from me.

"They gave me a great reception and it was really pleasing and I'd like to thank them for that.

"The pitch and the players are completely different to those at Portsmouth as is the style of play and it takes a bit of getting used to.

"But I've been lucky enough to have three weeks' training with the lads and I'm fitting into things really well."

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