No-nonsense Neil Warnock has told his Middlesbrough players to turn up the volume.

Boro's new boss saw his relegation-haunted side pick up a crucial three points in his first game in charge at Stoke.

But they go into this evening's game at Hull still too close for comfort to the drop zone and Warnock is looking to his senior players for a more forceful role in the fight for survival.

And he's challenging George Friend and Jonny Howson to be big noises on the pitch.

He said: “We all like one or two nasty people around the place, don't we?

Neil Warnock enjoyed a win at Stoke in his first game in charge of Middlesbrough last Saturday

“Well, I certainly do so I've asked them to shout more than they have done in the past and to encourage their team-mates.

“We are short of that type of player really. Jonny and George would probably tell you they are good pros, model pros but whether they are that dominant leader, I'm not so sure.

“But they have got to be because whether they like it or not, as the experienced ones, they must be the vocal part of the team.”

And now he wants to see his players become more vocal on the pitch

Warnock admits that for quietly-spoken footballers like Friend and Howson, barking out orders goes against their instincts.

“You can't put fire into players,” he added. “They have to have it in their character.

“And while you can't make them into that character, you can certainly make them into better players.

But the veteran gaffer admits "you can't put fire into players"

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“There are a couple of younger lads here who have got the talent and who could go to the very top of the game but they have to be better in some areas.

“I've just spent 45 minutes with one of them showing clips from the weekend game and where he went wrong.

“It's about educating them and going back to basics.

“When you've done as many games as I have, you're not bothered about upsetting one or two but I do like to get them all on board.

“Someone once told me about playing for Cloughie and said if he passed him in the street, he wouldn't have the time of day for him but on matchday, he'd run through a brick wall for him.

“It's that type of thing you need.”