This game is what my remaining thread of hope is hanging on. Fail to win this and I expect the pressure for Warnock to go will ramp up to the point where Gibson will have to take action.
Which will probably throw the succession plan into chaos. But leaving Warnock in post any longer will put Boro in serious danger of being sucked into the relegation battle.
I can put up with "on again, off again" performances where we muddle through to another mid-table finish, but defeat (or even failure to win) will surely see the rot set in and put us on a downward spiral.
Not overly optimistic though as Warnock sounds like he's already thrown the towel in. Pretty shocking really. Managers are supposed to project confidence and play up the positives, in all but the most dire situations.