NEIL WARNOCK has urged the EFL to make a decision on Wigan Athletic’s appeal against their points deduction ahead of the final round of matches on Wednesday night.

As things stand, Wigan have been penalised 12 points for entering administration, and the deduction means Boro are safe ahead of their trip to Sheffield Wednesday for their final game of the season.

However, the Latics have appealed against the EFL’s decision, and if their appeal was to be successful, Boro are one of a number of clubs who could still go down.

If the EFL do not deliver a verdict on Wigan’s appeal ahead of Wednesday, the club that finishes in 22nd position will head into the summer uncertain of their fate, and Warnock does not think that would be fair on anyone.

The Boro boss said: “It’s to be hoped that everything can be put to bed by then. They (the EFL) must know how important the appeal is.

“They can’t just drag it on forever, can they? Hopefully, we’ll all have a decision on it by Wednesday. That’s what I’d like to happen, absolutely.”

Boro failed to take control of their own fate when they crashed to a 3-1 home defeat to Cardiff this afternoon.

The Teessiders’ defended abjectly as Josh Murphy scored two breakaway goals to add to Sean Morrison’s early header, and Warnock was unhappy with his side’s failings in their defensive third.

“I was disappointed with the result, although I wasn’t too disappointed with the performance,” he said. “I think it just showed up what we’ve known.

“At this level you’ve got to be able to mark at corners. We worked on it for most of the week, yet three or four minutes in, and it’s all gone out of the window.

“I thought they (Cardiff) were just a bit more professional in places today, but we had five lads coming through the academy and I thought they were just a little bit young in certain areas.

“It would have been nice to get a goal at 2-0, but it wasn’t to be. The third goal came after that, and then Jonny (Howson) spoiled what I thought had been a decent performance by recklessly getting sent off like that.”

Howson’s red card means he will miss the trip to Hillsborough, but even though Adam Clayton was given permission to miss today’s game, Warnock is confident the midfielder will be available if he wants him on Wednesday. Clayton’s current contract is due to expire next week, and he is not expected to be offered a new deal at the Riverside.

“I saw both Adam and Ravel yesterday and said to them that they needn’t be involved, but he (Clayton) would be available on Wednesday if I wanted him,” said Warnock. “He was doing something family-wise, and I said to him, ‘That’s okay’. But I think he’ll be available for Wednesday if I want him to be.

“We had a chat yesterday, and I decided it was okay for him to miss the game. His contract is up, and I’m sure it will be discussed with everybody else’s contracts who are up. Ravel’s deal is up as well, and I would imagine Neil (Bausor) and Steve (Gibson) will be talking during the weekend or next week, and decisions will have to be made.

“I didn’t think I would use Ravel today. I looked at what I had on the bench, and we had seven and I knew the five I would use.”