Boro boss wants a response...
Neil Warnock is looking for his players to put the disappointment of losing out to Norwich City at the weekend behind them when they face bottom club Derby County at the Riverside tonight (7pm).
A second half penalty proved decisive against Norwich - the boss says it was frustrating the way the 10-game unbeaten run came to an end – and he is looking forward to the visit of the struggling Rams.
“It was disappointing on Saturday because it was a game we didn’t deserve to lose,” said Warnock.
“I’m greedy and I look back and we could have won every game we’ve played in this season. We’ll keep plugging away. We’re not far away.
“You have to focus on what you think is best and look for the good things. You don’t always start a good run with a win, you might start with a couple of draws.
“When you lose or a run comes to an end, you’ve just got to get back on the road and start picking up points.
“Forget where Derby are in the league, they have a good squad. And when they lost at Bristol City on Saturday they had 63% possession.
“They’re all difficult games whether it’s against a new manager or whether they are at the top or bottom of the league. As a manager I have to come up with solutions.”
With just one win so far this season, Derby arrive at the Riverside on the back of three defeats and with an interim management team that includes Wayne Rooney, Liam Rosenior, former Boro goalkeeper Shay Given, and Justin Walker.
Former Boro manager Steve McClaren has also been appointed as an advisor at the club ahead of the Riverside clash.
“They have a group of young men starting out in their coaching careers,” said Warnock. “It’s good to see. think they’ll just be enjoying themselves. I don’t think Wayne will need much advice, I’m sure there’s plenty of people he can pick the phone up to.”