‘Sheffield Wednesday have had one player away, we've had 10’ – Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis complains to EFL over fixture schedule

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis has written a letter to the EFL to express his disappointment that his side have only had one day to prepare for tomorrow’s match against Sheffield Wednesday.

The Boro boss has urged the EFL to adopt a fairer way of choosing matches for tv coverage after the match against the Owls was rearranged to be shown on Sky.

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis.

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis.

Pulis’ squad have had just one day to prepare for the game after players returned from the international break.

In his pre-match press conference, Pulis said: “I think Sheffield Wednesday have had one player away, we've had 10.

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"This will be our first day back to do any work, which is one day before the game. That's the disappointing thing, but we have to get on with it.

"It's no good crying and moping about it now. The facts are the facts and we've put that forward to the bodies concerned in respect of us having a lot of players away and Sheffield Wednesday almost having no players away,” he added.

Martin Braithwaite, Mo Besic, Darren Randolph, Paddy McNair, Daniel Fry and George Saville have all been away with their national teams over the international break.

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"We don't feel that's a fair outcome. In these situations people can look at it a little bit closer and make it a more even match if they want to play it on a Friday night.

"When the lads are away for nearly two weeks it can be difficult and I do hope they look into it. I've put a letter in and I think they understand where we're coming from. We'll see."

Boro currently sit fourth in the Championship table, while the Owls are two places below.