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Middlesbrough 0-2 Nottingham Forest: Boro's unbeaten home run ended as Forest climb into top six

Joe Lolley
Joe Lolley's goal was his third in four games for the Reds

Second-half goals from Joe Lolley and Lewis Grabban helped Nottingham Forest end Middlesbrough's unbeaten home record and move into the Championship play-off places.

It marked a happy afternoon back on Teesside for former Boro boss Aitor Karanka, after his Forest side were beaten at the Riverside at the end of last season in his first return.

Both sides had chances in an open first-half but it was the visitors who made the breakthrough after the interval when Lolley took a pass from a driving Daryl Murphy and smashed a shot into the top corner for his third goal in four games.

Lolley had a further chance to add to the lead but was denied by Boro keeper Darren Randolph, while former Forest forward Britt Assombalonga was kept out at the other end by Costel Pantilimon's save.

Grabban made sure of the points when he turned in Lolley's cross at the near-post for his fifth goal in six, and not even the late dismissal of Jack Robinson, for a second yellow card for simulation, could stop Forest claiming the points.

Forest's victory, their fourth of the campaign, extended their unbeaten streak to six matches but, most importantly, ended a 12-game wait for three points on their travels.

Boro, whose success has been built on eight clean sheets and a solid defensive record, failed to score for only the fourth time this season as they slipped to their second league loss.

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis:

"The first 20 minutes we were like a bag of potatoes.

"We're playing on our home ground in front of a decent crowd and we never, ever looked as though we were at the races and that's not just one of the players.

"I'll take Stewart Downing out of that most probably and say he was head and shoulders above everybody else today.

"The rest of them were well below par."

Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"I'm really pleased for the players - I always said to the players that games like today will arrive - once again we showed we are a very good team.

"We scored two and we had more chances, it was just long balls from them - we were really good - a good game and performance.

"I have very good memories here and for me it's just another three points - the main thing for me is we played one of the best teams in the league and beat them.''

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 23Randolph
  • 5ShottonBooked at 38mins
  • 4AyalaBooked at 42mins
  • 24Flint
  • 3Friend
  • 16Howson
  • 22Saville
  • 37BesicSubstituted forClaytonat 61'minutes
  • 19Downing
  • 11HugillSubstituted forAssombalongaat 60'minutes
  • 10BraithwaiteSubstituted forGestedeat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 6Batth
  • 8Clayton
  • 9Assombalonga
  • 14McQueen
  • 17McNair
  • 39Gestede

Nottm Forest

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 27Darikwa
  • 20DawsonSubstituted forPereira Figueiredoat 37'minutes
  • 4Fox
  • 18RobinsonBooked at 80mins
  • 6Colback
  • 8Watson
  • 31Bastião Dias
  • 10Antunes CarvalhoSubstituted forOsbornat 83'minutes
  • 23LolleyBooked at 25mins
  • 9MurphySubstituted forGrabbanat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Pereira Figueiredo
  • 5Guédioura
  • 7Grabban
  • 11Osborn
  • 14Cash
  • 15Steele
  • 21Janko
Referee:
John Brooks
Attendance:
24,299

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home17
Away16
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home11
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 0, Nottingham Forest 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 0, Nottingham Forest 2.

Attempt missed. Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

Attempt missed. Aden Flint (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jonny Howson with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Ben Watson.

Foul by Rudy Gestede (Middlesbrough).

Costel Pantilimon (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. George Saville (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Rudy Gestede with a headed pass.

Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt saved. Aden Flint (Middlesbrough) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Ayala with a headed pass.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Ben Osborn.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Daniel Fox.

Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt saved. Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonny Howson with a cross.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Tobias Figueiredo.

Attempt saved. Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Foul by Rudy Gestede (Middlesbrough).

Tendayi Darikwa (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Ben Osborn replaces João Carvalho.

Offside, Middlesbrough. Stewart Downing tries a through ball, but Britt Assombalonga is caught offside.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Costel Pantilimon.

Attempt saved. Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Shotton.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Jack Robinson (Nottingham Forest).

Jack Robinson (Nottingham Forest) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Joe Lolley.

Goal!

Goal! Middlesbrough 0, Nottingham Forest 2. Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Joe Lolley with a cross.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Ryan Shotton.

Foul by Rudy Gestede (Middlesbrough).

Tobias Figueiredo (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Aden Flint (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross following a set piece situation.

Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt missed. Gil Dias (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Daniel Fox.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Lewis Grabban replaces Daryl Murphy.

Foul by George Saville (Middlesbrough).

Daryl Murphy (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonny Howson with a through ball.

Foul by Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd128132113825
2West Brom1273231171424
3Leeds126512291323
4Middlesbrough12642146822
5Nottm Forest124711713419
6Brentford124622014618
7Derby125341513218
8Norwich125341515018
9Blackburn124621415-118
10Swansea12453129317
11Wigan125251416-217
12Bristol City114431512316
13Sheff Wed114431717016
14Stoke124441718-116
15Aston Villa123632020015
16Bolton124351015-515
17Birmingham122821312114
18QPR12426919-1014
19Rotherham12327919-1011
20Millwall122461319-610
21Reading122371520-59
22Preston122371824-69
23Ipswich121651118-79
24Hull122281019-98
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