MIDDLESBROUGH are set to receive a fierce physical examination at Wycombe Wanderers this afternoon – but Neil Warnock will have no complaints about the Chairboys’ rugged playing style.

Gareth Ainsworth’s side have gradually settled into life in the Championship after their surprise promotion last season, and head into today’s game having lost just five of their last 11 matches despite their position at the foot of the table.

They have proved especially obdurate opposition at Adams Park, but while some managers have bemoaned their no-nonsense approach, Warnock concedes they have every right to play to their strengths.

“If you multiply Sheffield Wednesday’s approach by two, that’s what we’re going to be up against,” said the Boro boss. “But I don’t mind that at all. I think Wycombe have done incredible, I love watching them play. I’d be quite proud to have a group of lads like that under me. I rang Gareth at the end of last season and said I thought it was a bloody miracle – it’s like when I got promoted with Scarborough.

“It’s part of the game. There’s no right or wrong way to play football. I’ve had a label put on myself for I don’t know how many years. In fact, I’ll thank Gareth when I see him – I think he might have got an even worse reputation than me!”

Boro have no new injury problems to contend with in the wake of their midweek defeat at Hillsborough, but Ashley Fletcher and Jonny Howson both remain at least a week away from returning.

Middlesbrough (prob, 4-3-3): Bettinelli; Dijksteel, Fry, McNair, Bola; Saville, Morsy, Wing; Watmore, Assombalonga, Johnson.