Middlesbrough 1-1 Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest claimed a precious point at Middlesbrough thanks to Darius Henderson's 80th-minute leveller.

Billy Davies's men had picked up just one point from their previous four games and looked set to suffer a fourth successive defeat when Mustapha Carayol put Middlesbrough ahead just after the break.

Henderson hit back for Forest, finishing off at the second attempt after Andy Reid had provided the cross.

Forest remain in the play-off spots.

The goal also ended Middlesbrough's run of 11 hours and 54 minutes without conceding a goal at the Riverside Stadium.

They will be kicking themselves, though, as Carayol wasted a decent chance to double their lead after being sent through by Grant Leadbitter.

Henderson equalised, but Middlesbrough claimed the striker had handled the ball, before putting it into the net.

However, the hosts nearly scored a winner as Kei Kamara's flick eventually found its way to Danny Graham - but from just six yards, the striker's effort cannoned back off a post.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka on Darius Henderson's equaliser:

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Forest goal was handball - Karanka

"I think it was handball, for sure. You could see from the reaction of my players that they thought it was.

"These are not players who would normally chase the referee to complain and if they thought it was handball, then 100% I believe them.

"We haven't played well but we had two or three good chances to win this game against a very good side who are in the play-off places."

Nottingham Forest assistant manager David Kelly:

"We are disappointed a bit. We could've come in at half-time a few goals up and I thought we showed great spirit to come back into it after going behind.

"Given the way we played over the 90 minutes, I thought a point was the least we deserved."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester3424553377
2Burnley34191232769
3Derby3518891762
4QPR3417981260
5Nottm Forest35141471456
6Reading351510101555
7Brighton3414119953
8Wigan32157101152
9Ipswich35131210651
10Blackburn33121011-246
11Watford34111211845
12Middlesbrough35101411644
13Leeds3412814-244
14Huddersfield3412715-143
15Bournemouth3311913-842
16Bolton3591313-440
17Sheff Wed3391212-139
18Blackpool3591115-1938
19Birmingham349916-536
20Doncaster359917-2236
21Millwall3571018-3031
22Yeovil347819-1929
23Barnsley3461117-2829
24Charlton306915-1727
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