AHEAD of a full week of training for Middlesbrough, Neil Warnock has back his players to recover from yesterday's defeat to Blackpool in the Championship. 

The Tangerines came from behind to win the game after Marcus Tavernier handed Boro the lead in the eight minute at the Riverside. 

The game swung Blackpool's way when Marvin Ekpiteta fired home from close range before Grant Hall inadvertently headed into his own net at the Riverside Stadium to hand the away side the points. 

The result leaves Boro sixteenth in the Championship and four points off the play-off places. 

With next week's lunchtime kick-off against Reading in mind, Warnock is confident that his group of players can put to bed the misfortunes of the weekend. 

Warnock said: “There are a good group. There’ll not be a problem with that really. We’re all disappointed.

“If you weren’t disappointed after losing a game you should’ve won then there’d be something wrong wouldn’t they?

"It will be a week where I’ll be thinking about the game today. Training’s good and I expect it to be good next week.

“We can go anywhere and beat anybody but until we start getting clean sheets, it’s not rocket science."

Despite the fact that Warnock has the faith in his current crop of players, he believes there are areas to work in for his Boro side. 

He added: “We haven’t got that ruthless streak I think you need at times whether we can get that I don’t know.

“The players are good enough, the technical ability is as good as I’ve had within the team itself. But you just need a few more things to put in your cake to get the right recipe. We’re a bit short of that in one or two areas.

“I can’t fault them effort-wise and technical ability, probably sometimes you’ve just got to have that little bit more.

“We could have been professional two or three times and got free-kicks but we didn’t. You can’t teach them to dive really can you?"