The game was split into three 30-minute periods and, unlike Tuesday’s more conventional pre-season friendly, was played at Argyle’s training ground, which sits in the shadow of their Home Park Stadium.

Warnock was able to utilise his squad to the full once again, and was pleased to see his players clock up more valuable time on the pitch.

“It was another really good workout,” said the boss. “It gave us a chance to get all the minutes on board we wanted to. 

“Sav and Paddy are off with the Northern Irish squad after tomorrow so we wanted to look after them. 

“The facilities were good, and the pitch was in excellent condition. It was ideal. It was another thoroughly good workout, we had no injuries, and it’s been a good week so far.”

Boro had beaten Argyle 1-0 earlier in the week, and goals from Jonny Howson, Stephen Walker, and Marcus Browne ensured a 3-1 victory against the League One side on Thursday.

While the result was of little relevance to either side, Warnock was pleased to see his side take their chances.

“The other day we could have had more than we had, but it’s nice to take the chances,” added the boss. “That’s what we work for. Hopefully we can hit a bit of form and everybody can get among the goals.”