Neil Warnock’s Middlesbrough travel to Wycombe Wanderers this afternoon with a point to prove, having slipped to an unexpected defeat at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday in midweek.
The Owls had just disposed of former Boro boss Tony Pulis 24 hours prior, and caretaker boss Neil Thompson clearly gave them a lift as he was able to guide them to a 2-1 victory.
Sitting in 9th position in the Championship, Middlesbrough have been inconsistent in recent weeks, picking up impressive wins against Luton Town and Birmingham City, but also suffering defeats at Preston North End and Stoke City.
The speculation surrounding the future of Duncan Watmore can’t be a help, as the ex Sunderland winger is in red-hot form for Boro but has been linked with a switch to Premier League side West Brom.
Watmore is yet to extend his short-term deal and after netting five goals in eight appearances, Warnock will be desperate to keep hold of him.
With Boro coming up against a Wycombe side fresh off a victory over Cardiff, Warnock has made three changes to his starting 11.
In come Chuba Akpom, Marcus Tavernier and Marcus Browne for his first start of the season, and out of the team are Britt Assombalonga, Lewis Wing and free-scoring Watmore.
The main talking point is the inclusion of former West Ham starlet Browne, who is finally getting a chance from the start – and it’s a decision Boro fans seem to be awfully pleased about.
Check out the best reactions below.
Browne masterclass 💉💉💉💉
— Tyler (@Tyler_Boro) January 2, 2021
Yes! Delighted to see Browne getting a game. Change it up at the top end of the pitch a bit. Definitely a good shout that from NW.
— For The Love Of Boro (@4TheLoveOfBoro) January 2, 2021
I like it tbf, good to see wing not starting
— Nathan Stephenson (@nathan071002) January 2, 2021
Tav deservedly back in the side, excited to see what Browne can do after his loan https://t.co/6ZSRuR7Q6a
— Crossman (@kieranjcrossman) January 2, 2021
Looking forward to seeing what Browne can offer UTB https://t.co/FrMSaZi8VN
— Thomas (@ThomasPeacock_) January 2, 2021
This was an ideal match for Roberts to start, very disappointing to say the least
— YOUAREMYBORO (@THEREALBORO) January 2, 2021
Good to see he agrees with my stance on Watmore 👍🏻
— Mal (@TheRedCritic) January 2, 2021
Hooray, Tavernier is starting 🤗❤❤❤
— Nicola Clark (@NicolaC51255305) January 2, 2021