Middlesbrough moved up to seventh in the Championship after a 2-0 victory over Coventry City at the Riverside last night.
Neil Warnock’s side were on the front foot for large parts but they didn’t break the deadlock until the 81st minute, when Britt Assombalonga finished well having been put through by Sam Morsy.
A stoppage time goal from Djed Spence would seal the points for the hosts and it means Boro haven’t lost since the opening day.
Meanwhile, the Sky Blues haven’t won in six and they will slip into the relegation zone if Derby County pick up a point tonight, so Mark Robins will be concerned at recent results.
Here we look at TWO things that we have learnt from the game…
Warnock is working his magic again
The experienced boss knows exactly what it takes to win promotion from the Championship and he is laying the foundations for Boro to have a real shot this season.
They are hard to beat, are keeping clean sheets and they have the quality in the final third to get the goals they need.
No team will want to face Boro and no neutral is going to back against Warnock doing what he does best – winning promotion.
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Coventry have defensive issues
This was another game without a clean sheet for Coventry and they have conceded the joint-most goals in the league.
That’s not to say they were terrible at the back but there always seems to be someone who switches off or makes a mistake, which can’t happen.
Morsy’s pass for the goal was impressive but Assombalonga can’t be running through to have a one-on-one when you’re trying to hold on for a point.
They need to stop shipping goals quickly if they are to push up the table.