Neil Warnock has admitted that he “envies” Nottingham Forest as his Middlesbrough side prepare to take on the Reds at the Riverside this afternoon.
It has been a disappointing start to the season for Forest, who have aspirations of finishing in the promotion places after narrowly missing out on a top-six finish last term.
The Reds have won only one game thus far this term, but new manager Chris Hughton remains unbeaten after his first four games in charge.
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Forest travel to Middlesbrough this weekend on the back of missing out on the signing of West Brom winger Kamil Grosicki, marking a disappointing end to a hectic summer for the Reds.
Forest made 14 new signings over the course of the summer, and Hughton has taken over a club which has a first-team squad consisting of over 30 players.
Speaking ahead of his side’s home clash with Forest this weekend, Neil Warnock has admitted his “envy” of Forest and their large playing squad.
Via the Middlesbrough Gazette, he said: “They (Forest) have got one of the best squads in the whole league.
“When you look at the numbers they’ve got, I envy them. They’ve got two teams and we can barely name all substitutes.
“I don’t know how many they signed, but the front four is as good as anything in the league. We have to be on top form to cope with those and get a result.”
Boro have a much smaller squad compared to Forest, but have made the better start to the Championship season having picked up 13 points from their first eight games.
Forest’s squad on paper is absolutely tremendous – it’s full of proven Championship players who have all been successful at this level before.
The game is played on grass, though, and whilst Boro have a smaller squad, they have made a better start to the season than this weekend’s opponents.
It will be a tough test for the Reds, as Boro are looking solid at the moment.