Sky Sports pundit David Prutton is expecting Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock to make it two wins on the bounce when the Teessiders face Hull City tonight.
Facing away trips to fellow relegation strugglers in your first two matches in charge could be seen as a baptism of fire, but Prutton is confident that Warnock will inspire another victory:
“This would have been tough to call a week or so ago, but with Neil Warnock, at the club, Middlesbrough are a completely different proposition. I can’t see past them taking all three points.”
Prutton has gone for a 2-0 scoreline; a repeat of Boro’s first win under Warnock against Stoke City at the weekend. Considering the Tigers’ form, it does look like a realistic possibility.
Grant McCann’s side have been in freefall in recent months, with his team having lost 1-0 at home to Charlton, as well as drawing 3-3 away at Birmingham, since the restart.
Warnock will no doubt ensure his team are set up to defend, whilst exploring their opponent’s weaknesses on the counter-attack. If they do secure the three points, it could prove to be a defining moment in their quest to avoid relegation.