'What a transformation' 'Surprised: 'Middlesbrough fans as Neil Warnock makes seven changes and recalls Patrick Roberts for FA Cup game at Brentford

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Neil Warnock has made seven changes to his Middlesbrough side for today’s FA Cup match at Brentford – yet the Boro boss has named a stronger starting XI than expected.

Boro were hit by a Covid-19 outbreak earlier in the week meaning several first-team players have been forced to self-isolate.

It means the Teessiders’ squad is made up of first-team and under-23 players, with midfielder Hayden Hackney and new goalkeeper Jordan Archer set to make their debuts.

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Defender Marc Bola will captain the side while Manchester City loanee Patrick Roberts has been recalled.

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Here’s how some fans reacted to the team news on social media:

@smoggyontour86: Surprised Roberts is here still, maybe he wants to fight for his place and fair play but he needs to shine today

@PhilSpenc23: A stronger side than I thought, but great to see Nathan Wood and Hayden Hackney in from the start. Fingers crossed we get to see a few of the young lads come off the bench too!

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@LewisThompson7: Bola captain! What a transformation in 12 months!!

@tom_mcgarry17: Absolutely love the look of that bench Massive chance for a number of fringe players to prove a point also

@JackGarratt95: Miles better than expected

@boroweasel: Actually not a bad team, really glad Roberts is playing and hope he can impress Warnock with a performance. Looking forward to seeing Hackney play as well, highly rated.

@AllAboutBoro: Come on boys... do us proud in these difficult circumstances

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@masonbarker0: Warnock got in all our heads. Roberts masterclass

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