Transformed Middlesbrough forged a template for survival with fiery response at Millwall

Gazette

Boro looked like a well drilled and highly motivated team that were fighting for something. They looked really good. Far better than the league table would suggest.

...Everyone played their part in what was a team display that ran as smoothly as Warnock's electric bike.

Millwall are a good side. They have a style and system that works for them and has taken them to within touching distance of the play-offs. But they were second best to Boro.

Millwall cry foul as Middlesbrough climb out of relegation zone

The Times

Neil Warnock made no attempt to downplay the scale of the task confronting him when he took charge at Middlesbrough but, aided by an opening goal Millwall insisted should not have stood, the manager left the New Den with a growing sense of optimism after overseeing a victory that strengthened his side’s hopes of escaping relegation.

Back-to-back defeats by Hull City and Queens Park Rangers left the club in the bottom three of the Sky Bet Championship. Challenged by their manager to “stand up and be counted”, and helped by a change in formation and some personnel, Middlesbrough’s players responded positively, with second-half goals by Britt Assombalonga and Ashley Fletcher moving the club out of the drop zone.

Under-fire players rise to the occasion in perfect away-day win

Gazette

When push came to shove, Boro's underfire players stood up to be counted in the Lions' Den.

Just like he did at Stoke, Neil Warnock had Dejan Stojanovic to thank for making a crucial save at a critical point of a tight match.

Then, like they did at the Bet365 Stadium, Boro made the most of that piece of fine keeping by scoring twice at the other end.

At this stage of the season, results and points are everything and while Middlesbrough have room for improvement, they delivered the perfect battling away day performance just when they needed to.