“We didn’t handle Patrick Bamford at all, all night,” Jackett said. “He was the difference.”
Bamford netted and assisted inside the first 11 minutes to lead Boro to victory, and reignite their search for automatic promotion.
The young striker, on loan from Chelsea, played a lovely cut-buck for Jelle Vossen to net the opener, before he himself got in on the goalscoring act with his 17th in 36 Championship games.
Bamford, 21, has really driven Boro’s promotion push, with his goalscoring just a small part of his game. He is able to play anywhere on a front three, and his movement and vision are the real traits that suggest he could go all the way into the Chelsea first-team.
He has proven incredibly vital alongside some misfiring strikers, and although he may not have the highest work rate, there appears to be an incredible desire in him to always improve.
Jackett discovered that his team, with a defence that is usually so reliable, could not deal with him, and Boro head coach Aitor Karanka will be hoping that the forward continues his incredibly striking feats with three games left of the campaign.
They face Norwich this week in what is arguably the biggest game left of the entire Championship season, and it could be the young forward who is pushing the Teeside club closer to the Premier League.