Here's how the media viewed our 2-0 win against Peterborough United at the Riverside...
NEIL WARNOCK felt like Forrest Gump trying to pick his Middlesbrough team - but it was Paddy McNair and Josh Coburn who left him feeling sweet.
He watched Tom Hanks’ Hollywood hit this week as a distraction from his defensive injury crisis and said: “My team is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.”
He looked set for more frustration and a third blank out of four before his makeshift defender and teen striker produced a late double-whammy to leave Peterborough pointless on their travels.
Warnock said: “Thursday night I didn’t have a clue what my team was and a few played out of position.
“I pulled Paddy and Jonny Howson on Friday and told them both that they were going to be my Beckenbauers.
“The squad is decimated but that’s life. The lads are giving everything and I don’t think they can do any more.”
NEIL WARNOCK was delighted with the adaptability displayed by his Middlesbrough side as they ground out a 2-0 win over Peterborough.
With five senior defenders missing because of injury or suspension, Warnock was forced to make a host of personnel and positional changes.
Jonny Howson and Paddy McNair played as emergency centre-halves, Marcus Tavernier and Onel Hernandez lined up at wing-back, and Matt Crooks had to fill in as a holding midfielder protecting the back five.
All five produced effective displays, ensuring late goals from McNair and substitute Josh Coburn were sufficient to secure all three points.
Warnock said: “I couldn’t have faulted them, every one of them. They’ve been the same in training. They all know they’re playing out of position, a lot of them, but we’ve nothing else.
“I just asked them to try to enjoy the challenge and the battle, and if they made mistakes, not to dwell on them. In the first half, we just had an extra touch and tried an extra pass, where we should have just relaxed a bit, but I thought we created some great chances in the second half."
It might not have been the most organised given the makeshift nature of Middlesbrough's team, but Neil Warnock was delighted with the effort and courage his side showed in beating Peterborough.
Sticking to their task despite for so long in the game a goal not looking like it would come - and with so many players covering in unfamiliar positions given the amount of injuries - Boro left it late but managed to get the job done and claim the three points.
While keeping a clean sheet with two midfielders at centre-back and two forwards at wing-back, Boro managed to finally find a breakthrough at the other end when Sol Bamba won a late penalty and Paddy McNair converted. Josh Coburn then added a second late on to seal a much-needed win for Boro and Warnock.
Middlesbrough left it late to overcome struggling Peterborough as Paddy McNair and Josh Coburn netted to settle an otherwise unremarkable Championship game.
Northern Ireland international McNair had his shirt pulled in the box with five minutes to go, prompting referee John Busby to point to the spot, and keeper David Cornell was sent the wrong way.
Substitute Coburn added a second in injury time, connecting with Martin Payero's centre to condemn Posh to a sixth straight away defeat.
The Teessiders had the better of the game up to their final five-minutes flurry but looked as though they would have to share the spoils.
Onel Hernandez's shot being cleared off the line in first-half stoppage time was as close as they came despite plenty of effort from their attack, while Posh failed to register a shot on target in reply.
Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock marched straight into the post-match press conference and refused to accept Peterborough United were unfortunate not to win a penalty at a crucial stage of today’s Championship game at Middlesbrough (October 16).
He stopped short of disputing the Posh opinion that his goalkeeper Joe Lumley had floored Siriki Dembele with the game goalless 10 minutes into the second half, but he had a counter-claim up his sleeve.
“Don’t talk to me about their penalty,” Warnock started. “We should have had a penalty in the first-half and their player (Ronnie Edwards) should have had a red card. It was as clear as day.”
Warnock was in a defiant mood, but he was also thrilled with his makeshift side’s 2-0 win secured by a late, undisputed penalty and a 94th minute strike.