Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock reacts to Jordan Archer's penalty save at Luton after Paddy McNair slip

Neil Warnock didn’t think Luton should have been awarded a penalty during Middlesbrough’s 1-1 draw at Kenilworth Road – but praised goalkeeper Jordan Archer for saving it.

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Boro came from behind to earn a point against the Hatters, after Duncan Watmore’s header cancelled out Glen Rea’s opener in the first half.

Warnock was pleased with his side’s effort levels and picked out Hayden Coulson, who operated in an unfamiliar central role, after the game.

Boro almost grabbed a late winner when George Saville hit the bar with an effort from inside the penalty area.

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Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock.
Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock.

“It’s a good point I suppose but I was disappointed,” Warnock told Boro’s website. “We had a few chances and the one from Sav which hit the bar.

"Another point and we’ll finish next Saturday against Wycombe.

“I can’t fault the effort. I thought Hayden Coulson did well in that role, he hasn’t been used to it so there were one or two pluses.”

Luton’s penalty in the 70th minute came when McNair was adjudged to have fouled Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, yet Archer kept out James Collins’ spot kick.

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It followed an earlier penalty claim when Marc Bola collided with Luton forward Elljah Adebayo.

“It was a good save,” replied Warnock when asked about Archer’s penalty save. “I didn’t think it was a penalty.

“I didn’t think I’d have had any complaints with the first one that he didn’t give but that probably influenced him a bit.

“I thought Paddy just slipped so I was disappointed that he gave that but well done Jordan.”

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