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Nottingham Forest 1-1 Middlesbrough: Paddy McNair penalty secures point for Boro

Paddy McNair scores Middlesbrough's equaliser from the penalty spot
Northern Ireland international Paddy McNair netted his third goal of the season for Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough frustrated promotion-chasing Nottingham Forest after grabbing a late point at the City Ground.

Forest went ahead just after the hour mark when midfielder Ryan Yates emphatically headed in Matty Cash's cross from six yards out.

Paddy McNair levelled for the visitors from the penalty spot with nine minutes remaining after Jack Robinson tripped substitute Marvin Johnson.

Improving Boro, who have suffered just one defeat in six, are now four points above the relegation zone, while Forest remain fifth, with a two-point advantage over seventh-placed Sheffield Wednesday.

With Fulham and Bristol City both losing on Tuesday, victory would have taken Forest up to third in the Championship table but Sabri Lamouchi's side had to settle for a draw despite dominating possession.

The first half was a dour encounter, with the only real chance of note coming when Boro striker Ashley Fletcher headed straight at home keeper Brice Samba after being picked out by Hayden Coulson.

Sammy Ameobi called Boro goalkeeper Aynsley Pears into action with a fierce left-footed effort soon after the restart and Forest hit the bar when Yates struck a shot from the edge of the area down and into the ground before the ball bounced beyond the reach of Pears.

Yates' first senior goal at home for the Reds looked to have set the hosts on course for three points but McNair, who had earlier forced a good save from Samba, made no mistake from 12 yards as he sent his penalty high into the net.

The hosts had a chance to carve out an opportunity from a set-piece in injury time, but Joao Carvalho put his free-kick delivery from the left flank straight into the arms of Pears.

Forest's momentum has been checked in recent weeks, and one win in four games has left them 11 points adrift of the automatic promotion places before second-placed West Bromwich Albion travel to Wigan Athletic on Wednesday (19:45 GMT).

Nottingham Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi:

"We need more character, particularly when we play at home, because the game was in our hands. I am disappointed, because we controlled the game until the goal.

"When we went ahead, we dropped back 20 yards. Maybe we were afraid to win. But we must play for the second goal, to close off the game.

"If you do not achieve the second goal, do not give them an opportunity. We have a lot of regrets.

"We need to find a solution. We must keep going; we must be positive. I am upset, like the players - because we lost two points tonight."

Middlesbrough boss Jonathan Woodgate told BBC Tees:

"I'm really pleased but I thought it was what we deserved really.

"The subs we made were really good and they made a difference. You win and lose on making decisions and today we got them right.

"I've got players who are willing to go that extra yard for each other and that showed.

"I'm really pleased with how the young players have stepped up."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 30Samba
  • 11Cash
  • 20Dawson
  • 4WorrallBooked at 87mins
  • 18RobinsonBooked at 90mins
  • 22YatesSubstituted forAdomahat 84'minutes
  • 8Watson
  • 23Lolley
  • 28SilvaBooked at 27minsSubstituted forSemedoat 77'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 19AmeobiSubstituted forCarvalhoat 72'minutes
  • 7Grabban

Substitutes

  • 3Figueiredo
  • 10Carvalho
  • 14Mir
  • 17Semedo
  • 36Chema
  • 37Adomah
  • 49Muric

Middlesbrough

  • 42Pears
  • 29SpenceBooked at 24minsSubstituted forJohnsonat 67'minutes
  • 16Howson
  • 4Ayala
  • 6Fry
  • 33Coulson
  • 17McNair
  • 8ClaytonSubstituted forWalkerat 74'minutes
  • 22Saville
  • 11FletcherBooked at 85mins
  • 7Tavernier

Substitutes

  • 1Mejias
  • 21Johnson
  • 25Wood
  • 27Bola
  • 35O'Neill
  • 36Walker
  • 37Liddle
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
24,577

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home10
Away1
Fouls
Home13
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Middlesbrough 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Middlesbrough 1.

Hand ball by Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough).

Booking

Jack Robinson (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jack Robinson (Nottingham Forest).

Marvin Johnson (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jack Robinson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Marvin Johnson (Middlesbrough).

Michael Dawson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough).

Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough).

Attempt missed. George Saville (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marcus Tavernier.

Booking

Joe Worrall (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Joe Worrall (Nottingham Forest).

Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jack Robinson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Marvin Johnson (Middlesbrough).

Booking

Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card.

Michael Dawson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough).

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Albert Adomah replaces Ryan Yates.

Booking

Alfa Semedo (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Alfa Semedo (Nottingham Forest).

Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Joe Worrall (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough).

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 1, Middlesbrough 1. Patrick McNair (Middlesbrough) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Penalty conceded by Jack Robinson (Nottingham Forest) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Middlesbrough. Marvin Johnson draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Patrick McNair (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Alfa Semedo replaces Tiago Silva.

Foul by Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest).

Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Stephen Walker replaces Adam Clayton.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. João Carvalho replaces Sammy Ameobi.

Tiago Silva (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Patrick McNair (Middlesbrough).

Jack Robinson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds21144332102246
2West Brom20136141202145
3Fulham21105633231035
4Bristol City219843430435
5Nottm Forest2097427171034
6Preston2110473326734
7Sheff Wed209562819932
8Cardiff208753027331
9Brentford2093830161430
10Blackburn209382727030
11Swansea208662525030
12Millwall217952728-130
13Hull218583229329
14Birmingham208482226-428
15QPR208483037-728
16Derby206772026-625
17Charlton2165102628-223
18Reading1963102426-221
19Huddersfield2156102333-1021
20Middlesbrough214981828-1021
21Luton2162132744-1720
22Stoke2152142435-1117
23Wigan2044121833-1516
24Barnsley2026122341-1812
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