Warnock left disappointed as record-equalling Middlesbrough game ends in defeat

Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock. Neil Warnock has a long list of injuries for the home game against Peterborough.

Neil Warnock was left disappointed as his Middlesbrough side lost 2-0 against Birmingham, in a record-equalling game for the 72-year-old.

The Championship clash at Riverside Stadium marked the 1,601st time Warnock had taken charge of a professional game. He will break Dario Gradi’s long-standing record when Boro face Luton on Tuesday.

However, he was unable to celebrate on Saturday as his side was beaten by Birmingham thanks to goals from Marc Roberts and Scott Hogan. Warnock admitted the loss could bother him for some time.

“I’ll be disappointed when I get home tonight. I will still be horrible to be with sat next to my missus,” he said.

“I don’t think it changes too much how many games I have had, but I don’t think I will forget nights like tonight when I do call it a day, when I am fishing and managers are being put through the mill.

“Because I have done 1600 games and you have to get over difficult results otherwise it drives you daft. I don’t know how I have done that many games to be honest. It is an incredible achievement and I don’t even think I realised myself what an achievement it was.”

Having started managing in 1980 at Gainsborough Trinity, Warnock has now taken charge of sixteen clubs throughout his career. But the Englishman admitted he couldn’t celebrate after the game, as he felt his side only had themselves to blame for the loss.

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“I hate losing like that, I don’t think they won it, I think we threw it away. It was disappointing. I didn’t think they beat us, we beat ourselves. The first goal was always going to win this the way Birmingham play.

“We were punished for giving a goal away like we have. If you don’t think Lumley isn’t disappointed then you’d be wrong. If there was a hole he would have crawled into it. But at the other end Uche Ikpeazu missed a header that was just bad.”

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Boro struggle against robust tactics

Warnock said that his side were left frustrated by Birmingham’s robust tactics. Having gone ahead early in the second half, the Blues sat back and made it difficult for Boro to create any chances.

With just two shots on target throughout the game, Warnock claimed he couldn’t see his squad scoring all day.

“We never looked like scoring did we?” he said. “I think we could still be playing now and we wouldn’t have scored. One or two lads were below par, second half in particular.

“Two or three were first half as well but I thought others pulled them through.”

The defeat leaves Boro on 21 points from 15 matches. They are sat in 11th place, level on points with Tuesday’s opponents Luton.

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