Neil Warnock left unimpressed with the EFL's response after questioning Bristol City and Cardiff fixtures

Neil Warnock was left unimpressed with the EFL’s response after questioning the scheduling Middlesbrough’s upcoming away games.
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Boro will face Bristol City at Ashton Gate this evening (7:45pm kick-off) before another lengthy away trip to Cardiff on Saturday.

Warnock and his players travelled to Bristol on Monday afternoon and will have a light training session on the morning of the match.

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The squad will then return to Teesside before making the trip to South Wales just a couple of days later, meaning they will clocking up around 1,100 miles in less than a week.

Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock.Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock.
Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock.

“I did ring the EFL up and spoke to the gentleman who does the fixtures, the man in charge, and thanked him for this,” said Warnock on Monday.

“I asked him how with common sense in the year 2020 we could get two fixtures at Bristol City away on the Tuesday and Cardiff on the Saturday and he said ‘it’s just how it fell, we did look at it and thought it would be difficult but we couldn’t do anything about it.’”

The games will continue to come thick and fast for Boro who will then face Coventry at the Riverside next Tuesday.

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Warnock is likely to have to rotate his thin squad, but says he doesn’t make plans for certain players to start specific games.

“I think you do think about that,” he said. “It’s dangerous to start doing that because someone could get injured on Tuesday, or someone will come on and play rubbish

“I don’t think you can plan like that, I think you just have to play it by ear really.”

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