Middlesbrough missed the chance to go top of the Championship as they played out a goalless draw at Nottingham Forest.

Forest had the better chances, with Adlene Guedioura's shot deflected over before Chris Cohen fired wide.

Billy Sharp collected a knock-on from Simon Cox late on, but his shot smashed against the woodwork.

Scott McDonald had the best chance for the visitors, but his effort looped onto the roof of the net.

The draw for Middlesbrough brought to an end a six-game winning run that has moved them up to second in the Championship.

Forest are 11th in the standings, two points outside the play-off places.

Nottingham Forest manager Sean O'Driscoll: "This division is notoriously unpredictable, but Boro have been consistent in their results and their performances.

"They are a good benchmark for us, a side we would like to emulate.

"I suppose on chances created we should have won, but Boro have just won six on the spin. I saw them win at Sunderland (in the Capital One Cup) and they are a very good team.

"They didn't crack. There were times in the first half when I thought we would score, but they kept their composure and you have to give them some credit."

Middlesbrough first-team coach Mark Proctor: "We're delighted. We would have liked to have won the game, but this was our third straight away game and we looked a bit jaded.

"We were playing against a very good Forest team who have some good players. We always knew it would be a tough game for us.

"All in all there were opportunities at either end and a draw was probably the right result."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Nottingham Forest

  • 01 Camp
  • 03 Harding (Moloney - 88' )
  • 05 Collins
  • 15 Halford
  • 32 Ward
  • 04 Gillett
  • 07 Guedioura Booked
  • 08 Cohen
  • 11 Reid (Lansbury - 88' )
  • 19 Cox (Blackstock - 88' )
  • 24 Sharp

Substitutes

  • 12 Darlow
  • 18 Moloney
  • 10 McGugan
  • 21 Coppinger
  • 22 Lansbury
  • 20 Tudgay
  • 23 Blackstock

Middlesbrough

  • 01 Steele
  • 03 Amougou
  • 04 Friend
  • 15 Hines
  • 21 Parnaby (Hoyte - 46' )
  • 07 Leadbitter Booked
  • 10 Bailey
  • 16 McEachran
  • 38 Haroun
  • 17 Jutkiew'z (Ledesma - 80' )
  • 27 McDonald (Zemmama - 85' )

Substitutes

  • 32 Leutwiler
  • 02 Hoyte
  • 25 Reach
  • 05 Zemmama
  • 33 Smallwood
  • 11 Ledesma
  • 22 Williams
Ref: Hooper
Att: 20,150

Match Stats

Shots

13 9

On target

4 2

Corners

7 5

Fouls

7 5

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:08 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +2:03

Henri Lansbury delivers the ball, Close range effort by Billy Sharp goes wide of the right-hand upright.

90:00 +0:41

Emmanuel Ledesma is ruled offside. Lee Camp takes the free kick.

89:40

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Cohen on Josh McEachran. Jason Steele takes the direct free kick.

88:10 Substitution

Substitution Henri Lansbury joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andy Reid.

88:10 Substitution

Substitution Simon Cox goes off and Dexter Blackstock comes on.

88:10 Substitution

Substitution Brendan Moloney comes on in place of Dan Harding.

84:07 Substitution

Substitution Merouane Zemmama replaces Scott McDonald.

83:22

Nicky Bailey crosses the ball, save by Lee Camp.

82:21

Shot from deep inside the area by Scott McDonald clears the crossbar.

82:10

The ball is delivered by Billy Sharp.

80:49

Faris Haroun takes a shot. Dan Harding gets a block in. Emmanuel Ledesma takes a corner.

79:17 Substitution

Substitution Lukas Jutkiewicz leaves the field to be replaced by Emmanuel Ledesma.

77:50

Danny Collins takes a shot from 12 yards. Justin Hoyte manages to make a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Andy Reid, Andre Bikey manages to make a clearance.

77:16

Corner from the left by-line taken by Andy Reid, clearance by Seb Hines.

74:27

Shot by Billy Sharp from inside the box bounces off the post.

73:49

Andy Reid takes a shot from a long way out clearing the bar.

72:30

Lukas Jutkiewicz has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.

71:43

The ball is swung over by Andy Reid, Jason Steele makes a save.

70:39

Free kick taken by Andre Bikey.

70:39 Booking

Booking The referee shows Adlene Guedioura a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

70:34

Adlene Guedioura gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott McDonald.

69:51

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Cohen by Andre Bikey. Free kick crossed left-footed by Andy Reid, Seb Hines manages to make a clearance.

68:39

Grant Leadbitter has an effort at goal from long range that goes wide left.

67:47

Direct free kick taken by Elliott Ward.

67:47 Booking

Booking Grant Leadbitter booked for unsporting behaviour.

67:27

Grant Leadbitter concedes a free kick for a foul on Greg Halford.

66:31

Inswinging corner taken by Grant Leadbitter from the left by-line, save by Lee Camp.

65:47

Josh McEachran takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Elliott Ward.

63:46

The ball is crossed by Justin Hoyte, save made by Lee Camp.

59:48

Andre Bikey fouled by Chris Cohen, the ref awards a free kick. Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.

58:38

Scott McDonald is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Lee Camp.

57:24

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Grant Leadbitter from the right by-line to the near post, Simon Cox makes a clearance.

56:24

Elliott Ward delivers the ball.

55:31

Greg Halford takes a shot. Blocked by Josh McEachran. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Andy Reid from the right by-line, Andre Bikey manages to make a clearance.

53:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Simon Gillett on Faris Haroun. Grant Leadbitter takes the free kick.

51:50

Adlene Guedioura is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.

45:17

Inswinging corner taken by Chris Cohen from the right by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Elliott Ward misses to the left of the goal.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Stuart Parnaby goes off and Justin Hoyte comes on.

45:00 +1:27 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +1:01

Outswinging corner taken by Andy Reid from the right by-line.

45:00 +0:49

Adlene Guedioura takes a shot. Save made by Jason Steele.

44:55

Faris Haroun is penalised for a handball. Andy Reid takes the direct free kick.

43:37

Effort from the edge of the box by Chris Cohen goes wide of the right-hand upright.

41:07

The ball is delivered by Simon Cox, Billy Sharp produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

40:55

The ball is crossed by Greg Halford.

38:52

Shot from just outside the box by Adlene Guedioura goes over the crossbar.

34:34

Andy Reid takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.

34:19

Shot by Adlene Guedioura. Josh McEachran makes a clearance.

31:13

Effort on goal by Scott McDonald from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.

27:59

The ball is swung over by Andy Reid, save by Jason Steele.

26:03

Foul by Dan Harding on Nicky Bailey, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Nicky Bailey.

22:30

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andre Bikey on Chris Cohen. Direct free kick taken by Greg Halford.

21:35

Chris Cohen produces a cross.

20:53

The official flags Scott McDonald offside. Direct free kick taken by Elliott Ward.

19:35

Inswinging corner taken by Andy Reid, clearance made by Seb Hines.

18:32

Shot by Grant Leadbitter. Greg Halford gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Grant Leadbitter from the left by-line, Lukas Jutkiewicz takes a shot. Save by Lee Camp.

17:26

A cross is delivered by Lukas Jutkiewicz, clearance by Dan Harding.

16:21

Scott McDonald takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.

14:17

Effort on goal by Billy Sharp from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

13:10

Effort on goal by Andy Reid from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

11:52

Simon Cox delivers the ball, Andre Bikey gets a block in.

11:23

Shot by Lukas Jutkiewicz. Save by Lee Camp.

10:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Greg Halford on Josh McEachran. Jason Steele takes the free kick.

9:40

The assistant referee signals for offside against Lukas Jutkiewicz. Free kick taken by Elliott Ward.

8:34

Simon Cox delivers the ball, clearance made by Faris Haroun.

7:52

Josh McEachran fouled by Chris Cohen, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Grant Leadbitter from left channel, clearance made by Chris Cohen.

7:03

The ball is delivered by Chris Cohen.

6:04

The ball is swung over by Greg Halford.

5:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andre Bikey on Simon Cox. Adlene Guedioura takes the free kick.

4:11

Free kick awarded for a foul by Faris Haroun on Simon Gillett. Free kick taken by Simon Gillett.

3:11

Centre by Simon Cox, Andre Bikey makes a clearance.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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