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Nevertheless, Ainsworth had no problems with the result as he admitted that his side were ‘second finest’ throughout the contest, despite taking an early lead through Uche Ikpeazu’s wonder objective after 3 minutes.

Objectives from Marcus Browne, Marcus Tavernier and Chuba Akpom saw Boro secure the win.

He stated: “We had a couple of chances as one was cleared off the line and the other hit the bar, but, I am not going to say we need to have had a various result due to the fact that Middlesbrough are a silver lining.

” We were 2nd best in a great deal of things: Headers, tackles, and they were a much better ‘us’ today as they are a strong, effective side and they was worthy of the win.

” The opportunities were there in the second-half however we didn’t take them, and at this level, you have got to take your opportunities.

” We don’t get as many possibilities as we performed in the lower leagues, however there are no problems as we were 2nd finest and we will take it on the chin.”

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On Warnock, he added: “Neil Warnock is a fantastic supervisor.

” He has been around for a very long time, he knows the video game well and Middlesbrough were extremely organised, strong, and they won a great deal of fights in the midfield.

” He provided us fantastic respect prior to the game of what we do, as I think it resembles what he has actually done all his managerial profession.

” We’re arranged, hardworking, and we don’t have the funds to generate super stars, comparable to when he was at Scarborough as well as the other clubs he has actually handled.

” It is wonderful and to have him say positive things about us is terrific.

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” We might be bottom of the league however we are scrapping, we’re fighting and I take heart from the Middlesbrough group, as we do that to teams, however we go again.”

Up next for Ainsworth and his team is an FA Cup match versus one of his previous sides in Preston North End on January 9 at Adams Park.

The two sides fulfilled in December where it finished 2-2 at Deepdale.

They last satisfied in the FA Cup in the exact same round back in January 2018, when North End won 5-1 at Adams Park.

Wycombe winger Daryl Horgan was one of PNE’s objective scorers that day.