Neil Warnock recorded his greatest victory in control of Middlesbrough thus far in a convincing 3-Zero win over struggling Derby on the Riverside on Wednesday evening.
Targets from Britt Assombalonga and Marvin Johnson, and an personal purpose from Matthew Clarke condemned the basement membership to a ninth defeat already this season.
In consequence the Rams now have the joint-second worst opening begin to a Championship season after 13 video games – a statistic which may give Wayne Rooney second ideas over wanting the job on a everlasting foundation.
They continue to be below the caretaker management of an interim managerial crew comprising of Rooney, Liam Rosenior, Shay Given and Justin Walker – however have misplaced their first two video games in cost.
A takeover course of is ongoing that ought to see Abu Dhabi royal member of the family Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan put in because the membership’s new proprietor.
For now, although, the main focus must be on turning the season round, with Rosenior admitting issues are in a foul state – at present mendacity six factors adrift of the underside three.
He stated: “It was painful, chastening, however what I might say is that they’re a superb set of lads.
“They aren’t unhealthy folks or untrustworthy, however we’ve acquired a younger squad and we’ve acquired to be taught shortly what it takes to win video games within the Championship.
“You have to be aggressive and win headers and second balls, however I really feel there’s an actual insecurity in the meanwhile.
“I feel that must be a watershed second – not only for the season, however for the soccer membership. I didn’t see this efficiency coming, that’s probably the most painful factor.”
Derby shall be hoping to kickstart their season with a victory over newly-promoted Wycombe on Saturday, earlier than dealing with fellow strugglers Coventry three days later.