Middlesbrough fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat against promotion-chasing rivals Stoke City on Saturday afternoon.
Young defender Nathan Collins scored the only goal of the game in the first-half, despite Middlesbrough pushing for an equaliser late on.
The result means that Neil Warnock’s side are now sat tenth in the Championship table after their opening 16 matches of this year’s league campaign.
Boro had been in an impressive run of form heading into the game, and would have fancied their chances of coming away with a win to show for their efforts against Michael O’Neill’s men.
But Warnock was certainly frustrated at the full-time whistle, and criticised Stoke for their facilities in the build-up to the match, and made the claim that he wouldn’t have put animals in them.
“The facilities that we’ve got changed in were an absolute disgrace today. I wouldn’t have put animals in it. The toilets were blocked up, we’ve got fumes coming in from an engine outside the dressing room.
“Water everywhere on the floor, it’s a disgrace for the Championship, absolute disgrace. I hope we do the same when we play them up at our place.
“We weren’t even social distancing where we were, in these cabins they’ve put in. We might as well have been in the dressing room. We’re too nice.”
Warnock and his Middlesbrough side are set to return to action in midweek, when they take on Preston North End at Deepdale.
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This doesn’t make for great reading for Stoke.
Warnock clearly feels as though his team’s preparations were hampered by the so-called poor facilities at the stadium, and it’ll be interesting to see what the Potters are faced with when they visit the Riverside later this season.
Middlesbrough didn’t quite do enough to get anything to show for their efforts in the match though, and Warnock will be hoping that he can see a positive response from his side when they return to action.