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Middlesbrough's winners and losers of pre-season as Neil Warnock's side prepare for Rotherham United trip

Middlesbrough are preparing for their final game of pre-season against Rotherham United – while manager Neil Warnock has plenty to ponder ahead of his side’s trip to the New York Stadium.

Thursday, 29th July 2021, 12:58 pm

Boro suffered their first defeat of pre-season earlier this week when they were beaten 2-1 at York City.

The result followed four straight wins for Boro, albeit against lower-league sides, following victories over non-league trio Bishop Auckland, Saltash United and Tavistock AFC, before the Teessiders beat League One side Plymouth.

Warnock still wants to sign more players ahead of next week’s Championship opener at Fulham, with another striker and a left-sided defender the two priorities.

Over the last few weeks, some have taken their opportunities to impress and are already more than likely to start against Fulham.

Others have endured a frustrating summer and appear to be playing catch up as we edge nearer towards the new campaign.

We take a closer look at some of the winners and losers of pre-season.

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