Warnock’s first outing – just four days after taking over the battered Teessider – got the visitors to produce a solid away display and breathe new life into their safety quest with a 2-0 win.
It pays homage to the shrewd work of Warnock that Boro goes to the pottery in a significantly better location this time, with both sides dealing with matters at the right end of the table a little over five months later.
Just as the battle against relegation was a frenzied battle with a number of teams in late 2019-20, the fight at the top looks similarly crowded right now, with Stoke and Boro being two of the contestants.
Warnock said, “We did well there last year and it was one of my best results here last season. ”
On the current table, he added, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen it this close in my life – it’s ridiculous.
« But that’s why we have to hold on there. It’s another busy week with two tough away games – Stoke and then Preston. It doesn’t get much harder.
« We have to go there and try to get results to stay in this pack. ”
Boro is only going through an intense December schedule, but Warnock has proven smart in the late Brian Clough’s mantra that sometimes preparation revolves around relaxation.
Instead of training on Thursday, several players played a round of golf to refresh their minds.
Warnock added, “I think Paddy (McNair) and some of the other guys had nine holes of golf. I wanted to, too, but I saw it was raining and thought no, not to myself. .
“The rest is just as important now as the fitness you did last season. ”
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