Embattled Warnock vows to fight on - but Leeds fans say go

NEIL WARNOCk vowed to fight on in search of an increasingly unlikely play-off place after a 1-0 Championship loss at Middlesbrough last night provoked fresh protests against him.

SERIOUS BLOW: United striker Steve Morison is left dejected by his sides 1-0 defeat at Middlesbrough.
SERIOUS BLOW: United striker Steve Morison is left dejected by his sides 1-0 defeat at Middlesbrough.

Leeds United’s season suffered another set-back as a Curtis Main header cast Leeds eight points adrift of the Championship’s top six with 15 games to play.

Leeds had several chances to settle a cagey but open clash but Main’s 81st-minute header – enough to earn Boro their first ever win over United at the Riverside – led to more chants of ‘Warnock, time to go’ from the travelling crowd.

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The 64-year-old also faced criticism for refusing to make substitutions before Main produced his decisive goal but he brushed off the abuse after the final whistle, saying: “Leeds fans have suffered for a long time so it’s the natural thing.

“If we’d taken our opportunities then they’d have been chanting our names but that’s what you get in football.

“We’ve got to be positive and it is difficult. The glass is always half empty in Leeds and it needs to be half full. We’ve got to try

and win our next three or four games and go gung-ho.

“You can only do your best as a manager and I think we’ve had a good season. We’ve got the makings of a good team. But we’ve had three open goals in three games, missed them and all hell’s let loose.”

Warnock, who confirmed that midfielder Ross Barkley’s loan from Everton would not be extended, said: “Unless I actually run on the pitch and put the chances in, I don’t know what I can do.

“We should have won the last three games and been right in there but we’ve got one. It’s bewildering.”

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