Substitutes Matt Derbyshire and Darius Henderson scored to give Nottingham Forest a draw with Middlesbrough.

Kei Kamara turned in Boro's first from Albert Adomah's cross before goalkeeper Jason Steele kept out Andy Reid's penalty to preserve the visitors' lead.

George Friend's 20-yard effort doubled Boro's advantage, before Derbyshire came on to nod in Reid's cross.

Henderson headed in to cap the comeback before Boro's Emanuel Ledesma was sent off for a foul on Henri Lansbury.

Hard to beat

Nottingham Forest have lost once in nine games this season

The result kept Forest within two points of the top of the Championship, but Billy Davies's side could have been fighting for three points rather than one late on had they made more of their early dominance.

The hosts saw a penalty appeal for a possible handball by Jonathan Woodgate turned down, before Kamara, who spent last season on loan at Norwich, left them trailing.

The referee did point to the spot when Radoslaw Majewski was upended by Rhys Williams, but Reid was brilliantly denied from 12 yards by a stretching Steele.

Another superb stop from Steele prevented Jamie Mackie giving Forest parity early in the second half as he got down low to keep out the former QPR forward's header.

Friend's superb effort forced Davies into a double swap that eventually paid off with Derbyshire heading in and Henderson equalising in the 80th minute after Lansbury's deflected effort had caused chaos in the box.

While Forest's substitutes made a positive impact for their side, Ledesma, who came on for Boro, lasted about 15 minutes before earning a straight red for a challenge from behind on Lansbury.

Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies:

"The one thing we can say about this group of players is that they never give in, they have a fantastic energy and spirit about them and that's what makes me proud.

"It was a fantastic game of football and a fantastic performance from Forest.

"We thoroughly deserved to win the match and on another night we would have taken three points."

Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray:

"They never really felt threatened. Yes, they put a lot of balls in the box but Jonathan Woodgate and Rhys Williams headed a lot of balls out and stood out well, while we looked a threat on the break, highlighted by both of our goals.

"They nullified our passing game, but we stood up to the test pretty well."

Lineup, Bookings (8) & Substitutions (6)

Nottingham Forest

  • 01 Darlow
  • 02 Lichaj Booked
  • 08 Cohen
  • 22 Wilson (Halford - 9' )
  • 25 Hobbs
  • 10 Lansbury
  • 11 Reid
  • 28 Majewski (Henderson - 58' Booked )
  • 39 Abdoun
  • 12 Mackie
  • 31 Cox Booked (Derbyshire - 58' )

Substitutes

  • 29 De Vries
  • 15 Halford
  • 18 Jara
  • 06 Moussi
  • 09 Henderson
  • 21 Paterson
  • 27 Derbyshire

Middlesbrough

  • 01 Steele
  • 03 Friend
  • 04 Williams Booked
  • 05 Richardson
  • 39 Woodgate
  • 06 Butterfield
  • 07 Leadbitter Booked
  • 18 Whitehead
  • 10 Emnes (Ledesma - 77' Dismissed )
  • 27 Adomah Booked (Carayol - 80' )
  • 29 Kamara Booked (Jutkiewicz - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 32 Leutwiler
  • 02 Hoyte
  • 22 Gibson
  • 11 Ledesma
  • 19 Carayol
  • 33 Smallwood
  • 09 Jutkiewicz
Ref: Dowd
Att: 19,509

Match Stats

Shots

21 12

On target

6 5

Corners

7 2

Fouls

7 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:10 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +4:34

Frazer Richardson manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +4:32

The ball is delivered by Andy Reid.

90:00 +4:27

Djamel Abdoun decides to take a short corner.

90:00 +4:16

Header at goal by Chris Cohen. Jonathan Woodgate gets a block in.

90:00 +4:11

Corner taken by Andy Reid.

90:00 +3:58

Strike comes in from Andy Reid from the free kick. Jason Steele turns it away with a finger tip save.

90:00 +2:58

The referee shows Emmanuel Ledesma a red card.

90:00 +2:58 Dismissal

Dismissal

90:00 +2:51

Foul by Emmanuel Ledesma on Henri Lansbury, free kick awarded.

90:00 +2:30

Clearance made by Rhys Williams.

90:00 +1:44

Free kick taken by Jason Steele.

90:00 +1:09

The referee blows for offside against Djamel Abdoun.

90:00 +0:49

Jacob Butterfield makes a clearance.

90:00 +0:44

Free kick crossed by Andy Reid.

90:00 +0:14

Frazer Richardson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Djamel Abdoun.

89:57

Frazer Richardson manages to make a clearance.

89:24

Shot by Jacob Butterfield. Karl Darlow catches the ball.

89:03

Andy Reid delivers the ball.

88:50

Jonathan Woodgate makes a clearance.

88:46

Jacob Butterfield makes a clearance.

88:28

Frazer Richardson makes a clearance.

87:32

Free kick taken by Karl Darlow.

87:09

Lukas Jutkiewicz gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Hobbs.

87:00

The ball is sent over by Grant Leadbitter.

86:43

Jamie Mackie has an effort at goal. George Friend gets a block in.

86:37

Andy Reid crosses the ball.

86:24

Clearance by Rhys Williams.

85:31

The ball is swung over by Jamie Mackie.

85:16

Chris Cohen manages to make a clearance.

85:00

Jonathan Woodgate manages to make a clearance.

84:19

Jack Hobbs manages to make a clearance.

84:18

Emmanuel Ledesma crosses the ball in from the free kick.

83:58

The referee cautions Eric Lichaj for unsporting behaviour.

83:58 Booking

Booking

83:54

Unfair challenge on Mustapha Carayol by Eric Lichaj results in a free kick.

82:13

Clearance by Henri Lansbury.

82:12

Free kick crossed by Grant Leadbitter.

81:44

Eric Lichaj concedes a free kick for a foul on Emmanuel Ledesma.

81:08

Chris Cohen manages to make a clearance.

81:05

Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.

80:48 Substitution

Substitution Kei Kamara leaves the field to be replaced by Lukas Jutkiewicz.

80:13

Jamie Mackie is caught offside.

80:04

Clearance by Rhys Williams.

79:55

Shot by Chris Cohen. Dean Whitehead gets a block in.

79:52

The ball is sent over by Jamie Mackie.

79:52

Clearance by George Friend.

79:41

Darius Henderson takes a shot. Jacob Butterfield gets a block in.

79:21

George Friend makes a clearance.

79:12 Substitution

Substitution Mustapha Carayol on for Albert Adomah.

78:26

Assist by Eric Lichaj.

78:26 Goal scored

Goal! - Darius Henderson - Nott'm For 2 - 2 Middlesbro Darius Henderson slots the ball left footed into the goal. Nottm Forest 2-2 Middlesbrough.

78:16

Chris Cohen delivers the ball.

78:10

A cross is delivered by Henri Lansbury.

78:04

Clearance made by Jonathan Woodgate.

76:47

Frazer Richardson makes a clearance.

76:39

Karl Darlow takes the free kick.

76:19

The referee blows for offside against Grant Leadbitter.

76:02

Clearance made by Jack Hobbs.

76:01 Substitution

Substitution Emmanuel Ledesma replaces Marvin Emnes.

74:52

Centre by Chris Cohen.

74:15

Dean Whitehead manages to make a clearance.

74:06

Rhys Williams makes a clearance.

73:37

Shot by George Friend cleared the bar.

72:17

Rhys Williams manages to make a clearance.

72:03

Free kick taken by Chris Cohen.

71:48

Rhys Williams takes the free kick.

71:36

The referee shows Darius Henderson a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

71:36 Booking

Booking

71:06

Corner taken by Jacob Butterfield.

70:08

Jacob Butterfield takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Chris Cohen gets a block in.

69:13

Rhys Williams makes a clearance.

69:11

Eric Lichaj produces a cross.

68:27

Assist by Andy Reid.

68:27 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Derbyshire - Nott'm For 1 - 2 Middlesbro Matt Derbyshire heads the ball into the goal. Nottm Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough.

68:21

Clearance made by Rhys Williams.

68:18

A cross is delivered by Djamel Abdoun.

68:14

Chance falls to Jack Hobbs who heads at goal.

68:09

Corner from the right by-line taken by Andy Reid.

67:54

Jonathan Woodgate makes a clearance.

67:51

The ball is swung over by Henri Lansbury.

67:11

A cross is delivered by Albert Adomah.

66:11

Grant Leadbitter manages to make a clearance.

66:08

Clearance made by Grant Leadbitter.

65:59

Karl Darlow takes the free kick.

65:48

Unfair challenge on Jack Hobbs by Jonathan Woodgate results in a free kick.

65:41

Corner taken by Grant Leadbitter from the left by-line.

65:01

Albert Adomah has an effort at goal. Blocked by Eric Lichaj.

63:58

Grant Leadbitter takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Karl Darlow catches the ball.

57:47 Substitution

Substitution Simon Cox leaves the field to be replaced by Matt Derbyshire.

57:39 Substitution

Substitution Darius Henderson comes on in place of Radoslaw Majewski.

54:09

Assist by Grant Leadbitter.

54:09 Goal scored

Goal! - George Friend - Nott'm For 0 - 2 Middlesbro George Friend slots the ball left footed into the goal. Nottm Forest 0-2 Middlesbrough.

53:02

Rhys Williams makes a clearance.

52:39

Rhys Williams manages to make a clearance.

52:08

Jason Steele takes the free kick.

51:49

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rhys Williams by Henri Lansbury.

50:54

Simon Cox heads at goal. Jason Steele turns it away with a finger tip save.

50:51

The ball is delivered by Eric Lichaj.

50:23

Clearance by Kei Kamara.

50:11

Corner from the right by-line taken by Andy Reid.

50:00

George Friend manages to make a clearance.

49:46

George Friend manages to make a clearance.

48:12

Shot by Kei Kamara went wide left of the goal.

47:49

Djamel Abdoun sends in a cross.

47:25

Jack Hobbs manages to make a clearance.

47:23

Jason Steele takes the free kick.

47:06

Foul by Jamie Mackie on George Friend, free kick awarded.

46:19

Albert Adomah takes a shot. Karl Darlow blocks the ball.

46:07

Greg Halford makes a clearance.

45:42

Clearance made by Rhys Williams.

45:37

Free kick crossed by Andy Reid.

45:18

Albert Adomah concedes a free kick for a foul on Djamel Abdoun.

45:12

Jonathan Woodgate manages to make a clearance.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +3:21 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +3:09

Marvin Emnes produces a cross.

45:00 +2:40

Jamie Mackie makes a clearance.

45:00 +2:10

Jack Hobbs makes a clearance.

45:00 +0:15

Grant Leadbitter takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Jack Hobbs.

45:00 +0:11

The ball is swung over by Frazer Richardson.

44:59

Jack Hobbs makes a clearance.

44:06

Rhys Williams manages to make a clearance.

43:59

Header by Greg Halford misses right.

43:54

Corner taken by Djamel Abdoun.

43:47

Clearance by Jacob Butterfield.

43:37

The ball is crossed by Greg Halford.

43:34

Jonathan Woodgate manages to make a clearance.

43:31

Clearance by Albert Adomah.

43:29

The ball is sent over by Chris Cohen.

42:39

Grant Leadbitter takes a shot and went wide left of the goal.

42:27

Clearance by Eric Lichaj.

41:29

Jack Hobbs manages to make a clearance.

41:11

Simon Cox has a headed effort at goal. Jason Steele makes a block.

41:11

Clearance by Jason Steele.

41:08

The ball is sent over by Chris Cohen.

41:06

Jacob Butterfield manages to make a clearance.

41:06

A cross is delivered by Chris Cohen.

41:03

Djamel Abdoun sends in a cross.

40:51

Clearance by Dean Whitehead.

40:49

Andy Reid crosses the ball.

40:35

Clearance made by George Friend.

40:34

Jamie Mackie crosses the ball.

39:41

Jamie Mackie takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Jason Steele catches the ball.

39:17

Clearance by Rhys Williams.

39:12

Jack Hobbs makes a clearance.

38:54

Booking for Kei Kamara.

38:54 Booking

Booking

38:35

Rhys Williams manages to make a clearance.

37:40

Jack Hobbs manages to make a clearance.

37:02

Header by Jack Hobbs goes over the bar.

36:57

Corner taken by Andy Reid from the right by-line.

35:42

Caution for Albert Adomah.

35:42 Booking

Booking

35:43 Penalty

Penalty taken by Andy Reid saved by Jason Steele. Nottm Forest 0-1 Middlesbrough.

34:57

Rhys Williams is booked.

34:57 Booking

Booking

33:49

Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Radoslaw Majewski by Rhys Williams.

33:06

Free kick taken by Rhys Williams.

32:44

Simon Cox goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

32:44 Booking

Booking

32:29

Foul by Simon Cox on Rhys Williams, free kick awarded.

32:03

Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.

31:57

The ball is delivered by Djamel Abdoun.

31:53

George Friend makes a clearance.

31:47

Jamie Mackie is ruled offside.

31:09

Djamel Abdoun decides to take the corner short.

30:58

Shot by Andy Reid. Blocked by Dean Whitehead.

30:54

Clearance by George Friend.

31:13

Chris Cohen produces a cross.

30:26

Jason Steele takes the free kick.

29:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Radoslaw Majewski on Rhys Williams.

28:46

Dean Whitehead makes a clearance.

28:44

Jamie Mackie produces a cross.

28:22

Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.

27:48

Henri Lansbury takes a weak shot and went wide of the left-hand upright.

27:46

The referee blows for offside.

26:12

Albert Adomah sends in a cross.

26:12

Clearance made by Andy Reid.

25:31

Free kick taken by Jack Hobbs.

25:26

Booking for Grant Leadbitter for dissent.

25:26 Booking

Booking

25:14

Free kick awarded for a foul by Grant Leadbitter on Jamie Mackie.

25:05

Free kick taken by Jason Steele.

24:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kei Kamara by Eric Lichaj.

24:32

Kei Kamara manages to make a clearance.

24:30

Eric Lichaj crosses the ball.

24:08

Dean Whitehead manages to make a clearance.

24:03

Clearance by George Friend.

21:49

Albert Adomah makes a clearance.

21:44

Djamel Abdoun crosses the ball in from the free kick.

21:31

Frazer Richardson challenges Chris Cohen unfairly and gives away a free kick.

20:55

Free kick crossed by Andy Reid.

20:25

Jamie Mackie fouled by George Friend, the ref awards a free kick.

19:26

Clearance by Rhys Williams.

19:24

Jamie Mackie crosses the ball.

19:17

Jonathan Woodgate manages to make a clearance.

17:00

Albert Adomah provided the assist for the goal.

17:00 Goal scored

Goal! - Kei Kamara - Nott'm For 0 - 1 Middlesbro Kei Kamara scores with a right foot finish. Nottm Forest 0-1 Middlesbrough.

16:54

Albert Adomah produces a cross.

16:37

Radoslaw Majewski takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Rhys Williams.

16:25

Shot by Simon Cox. Jonathan Woodgate gets a block in.

16:18

Clearance made by Greg Halford.

16:04

Shot by Simon Cox. Blocked by Rhys Williams.

16:02

Chris Cohen sends in a cross.

15:42

The ball is sent over by Frazer Richardson.

15:33

The ball is crossed by Albert Adomah.

15:10

Clearance by Greg Halford.

14:44

Clearance by Albert Adomah.

14:37

The ball is swung over by Eric Lichaj.

12:52

Henri Lansbury takes a shot and goes over the bar.

10:51

Shot by Albert Adomah went wide right of the target.

10:43

Eric Lichaj makes a clearance.

10:42

The ball is sent over by Frazer Richardson.

9:47

Radoslaw Majewski produces a cross.

9:43

Frazer Richardson manages to make a clearance.

9:40

The ball is delivered by Radoslaw Majewski.

9:31

Clearance by Rhys Williams.

9:28

Centre by Djamel Abdoun.

9:23

Clearance by Jonathan Woodgate.

9:20

Clearance by George Friend.

9:00 Substitution

Substitution Greg Halford replaces Kelvin Wilson.

6:53

Jacob Butterfield sends in a cross.

5:46

Shot by Henri Lansbury cleared the target.

5:44

Radoslaw Majewski has an effort at goal. Blocked by Jonathan Woodgate.

4:47

Rhys Williams makes a clearance.

2:38

Clearance made by Eric Lichaj.

2:37

The ball is crossed by Marvin Emnes.

2:15

George Friend manages to make a clearance.

2:11

Clearance made by Rhys Williams.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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