It's been a busy few days for the new manager, who took charge on Tuesday and immediately got to work with Boro's players in preparation for the weekend's fixture.

"They seem a genuine bunch, they've worked really hard and they've listened to everything I've asked of them," Warnock said.

"I've got Kevin Blackwell and Ronnie Jepson with me, and we put on sessions we've used in this situation before which is scrapping for our lives really.

"I think the players have enjoyed it, and that's one thing I ask, that they enjoy it - it's certainly something I've missed over the past few months.

"It's been nice to have a new group, players looking to impress me and I will look at all of them, including the ones who haven't played so much.

."We're going to need everybody."

Warnock says travelling to the bet365 Stadium is a tough test to start his tenure.

"I think of Stoke as I do Middlesbrough, big clubs that should be in the Premier League but both fighting at the bottom of the Championship," he said.

"We've just got to try and focus on ourselves, not give Stoke any presents . Whatever they do they have to earn, and we have to be ready to die for the cause.

"I've already seen one or two really good things here and we're working on a pattern to give ourselves an advantage."

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