'We’ve finished tenth without a striker': Neil Warnock assesses Wycombe loss and reveals bizarre Neeskens Kebano injury
Neil Warnock didn’t want to dwell on his side’s 3-0 defeat by Wycombe and still believes his side can finish higher in the Championship table next season.
Boro finished tenth in the division after goals from Fred Onyedinma, Garath McCleary and Jason McCarthy sealed a convincing victory for the Chairboys.
“I’m not going to knock them today, we were poor today,” said Warnock after the match.
“To finish tenth after when we came in I think they have done their best.
“You could see the limitations today and the players who were missing and you have to look forward. The other day when I saw the injured lads training on the other pitch.
“To finish tenth I’m delighted and I think if we can have a little bit of luck with the recruitment and players coming back from injury, we’ll have a very good chance of finishing higher than tenth next season.
“I don’t think I’m being disrespectful to the lads who have been here but we’ve finished tenth without a striker this season really.
“It’s very difficult in any league to finish without a striker because I think Britt (Assombalonga) and Ash (Ashley Fletcher) and everybody will be disappointed with the outcome.
“I’m on about ten goals a season minimum and there’s only Duncan (Watmore) who has come up tops. We know where we’re looking and have to bring the right ones in to give ourselves a chance next year.”
Warnock was forced to make one change to his starting XI as the injured Neeskens Kebano was replaced by Djed Spence.
Kebano revealed on Friday night on social media that he would miss the game.
“Really good of him that,” said Warnock when quizzed on the winger. “I thanked him for letting everybody know when there’s no injuries. ‘Oh sorry gaffer, I didn’t realise’. I said: ‘It’s alright Kabs why don’t you just go and tell them.’
“He stretched a hamstring but he couldn’t have done it in training because we didn’t do anything on Thursday in training.
“We caught him on CCTV on Djed Spence’s scooter so we think he’s done it like that on the scooter.”