Brown pounces late to pile frus­tra­tion on Nuno

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ing­ham was com­pounded by a miss from Silva, who en­dured a game he will prob­a­bly want to for­get.

He was caught up in phys­i­cal bat­tles with Nathan Collins and Bruno Martins Indi, with his yelps car­ry­ing across an empty Mo­lineux on more than one oc­ca­sion. On 76 min­utes, the £35.6mil­lion sign­ing from Porto snatched at a chance at the far post and missed the target from six yards.

“Fabio had a cou­ple of good mo­ments in the box, good move­ments, next time he will try to be more ac­cu­rate,” said Nuno. “We will try to work on that, those chances can be bet­ter fin­ished.”

Stoke man­ager Michael O’Neill is now look­ing for­ward to a thir­dround tie at home next week. “We didn’t re­ally have any­thing to lose com­ing here but the boys han­dled it re­ally well,” he said.

Mid­dles­brough man­ager Neil Warnock will be un­able to train or take charge of his play­ers on a match day af­ter the club con­firmed he was self-iso­lat­ing fol­low­ing a pos­i­tive test for Covid-19.

It is not known whether any play­ers have caught the virus as, in line with English Foot­ball League pro­to­cols, they will only be sent for a test if they dis­play symp­toms. That will send a shud­der through the rest of the EFL, with clubs no longer rou­tinely test­ing.

The fact he went for a test sug­gests that Warnock was feel­ing un­well, al­though the club said the 71-year-old, who would be classed in the high-risk cat­e­gory for se­ri­ous health com­pli­ca­tions re­lated to the virus, was in good spir­its at home.

Warnock, whose side lost their Championsh­ip opener at Wat­ford last week and were knocked out of the Carabao Cup at home to Barns­ley on Tues­day, will miss the home game against Bournemout­h to­mor­row and al­most cer­tainly the trip to QPR the fol­low­ing week­end.

The rest of the club’s coach­ing staff have re­turned neg­a­tive tests, so Kevin Black­well and Ron­nie Jep­son will take charge of the team in his ab­sence.

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