Neil Warnock reveals why he recalled Djed Spence and Marvin Johnson against Bristol City
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Spence and Johnson dropped out of the side when Warnock said he was disappointed with the pair following last month’s 1-1 draw at QPR.
But, ahead of a busy run of fixtures, the Boro boss felt he needed to rotate his squad and change the side’s shape to match the Robins up on the flanks.
“To be fair, I was going with the same team as Saturday until last night,” said Warnock after the Bristol City win.
“Something came to me in the night - I know it sounds strange because people have other things - but mine was my wing-backs!
“I told my two coaches Kevin [Blackwell] and Ronnie [Jepson] that I fancied those two in this particular game.”
Warnock also handed playmaker Patrick Roberts his first appearance of the season after re-signing the 23-year-old on a season-long loan from Manchester City earlier this month.
“With Cardiff on Saturday I think a few lads maybe needed some minutes, and some lads also needed fewer minutes,” Warnock added. “We wanted to give Roberts some minutes and he got 70.
“The two wing-backs also needed some minutes and they came back in and I thought they were excellent.”