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Middlesbrough3Nottm Forest0

Middlesbrough 3-0 Nottingham Forest

Grant Leadbitter
Leadbitter has scored 11 goals in all competitions this season

Middlesbrough kept the pressure on the Championship front-runners with a resounding win against 10-man Nottingham Forest.

George Friend put the hosts ahead after the restart when he leapt high to head home Grant Leadbitter's corner.

Forest were reduced to 10 men when Kelvin Wilson picked up a second yellow for a challenge from behind on Kike.

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Pearce on Forest v Middlesbrough

Jelle Vossen got Boro's second before Leadbitter scored from the spot after Karl Darlow felled Patrick Bamford.

It was the perfect response by Aitor Karanka's side to last week's defeat at promotion rivals Ipswich, with a third win in four games putting them up to fourth - two points behind second-placed Town.

Forest's worrying slide continues though, with the gap between them and the play-offs up to seven points after five league matches without a win.

Boro started confidently and kept Darlow busy, with Friend going close twice and Albert Adomah's powerful effort stinging the hands of the visiting keeper.

Robert Tesche had Forest's best chance of the first half, but his long-range drive was parried away by Dimi Konstantopoulos.

Friend had Boro in front after the break when he latched onto Leadbitter's corner to head the ball low into the net.

And after Tesche struck just wide, Forest were a man down when Wilson was dismissed for a poor tackle on Kike.

It quickly got worse for Forest as Vossen notched his fourth goal of the season when he hammered a half-volley home from the edge of the area.

Darlow then brought down Bamford and Leadbitter converted from the spot, meaning Boro are now unbeaten in nine home matches.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka: "My players are used to playing in front of 12, 14, 16,000 people. I don't think many of them are used to playing in front of 32,000 people and in that kind of atmosphere.

"So they did very well. We finished the first half much better than we started. I was also pleased because all the fans have come. They can go home happy."

Nottingham Forest boss Stuart Pearce: "We're just suffering with a lack of confidence and composure on the ball at the moment.

"We were hoping to come here and hurt Boro on the break and we had opportunities to do that but couldn't find that killer pass."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 24Nsue
  • 22Omeruo
  • 6Gibson
  • 3Friend
  • 8Clayton
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 27Adomah
  • 10TomlinSubstituted forReachat 74'minutes
  • 23BamfordSubstituted forWilliamsat 90'minutes
  • 9KikeSubstituted forVossenat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 18Whitehead
  • 20Reach
  • 21Vossen
  • 25Williams
  • 29Veljkovic
  • 33Wildschut
  • 40Mejias

Nottm Forest

  • 1Darlow
  • 2Lichaj
  • 4MancienneBooked at 39mins
  • 6WilsonBooked at 67mins
  • 13Fox
  • 27Burke
  • 32Tesche
  • 38Osborn
  • 18AntonioSubstituted forVeldwijkat 81'minutes
  • 7Fryatt
  • 9AssombalongaSubstituted forVaughanat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14Veldwijk
  • 16Lascelles
  • 17Hunt
  • 20Laing
  • 21Paterson
  • 24Vaughan
  • 29de Vries
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
32,277

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home11
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 3, Nottingham Forest 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 3, Nottingham Forest 0.

Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).

Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Rhys Williams replaces Patrick Bamford.

Goal!

Goal! Middlesbrough 3, Nottingham Forest 0. Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty Middlesbrough. Patrick Bamford draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest) after a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Grant Leadbitter.

Attempt blocked. Robert Tesche (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Fox.

Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lars Veldwijk (Nottingham Forest).

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Lars Veldwijk replaces Michail Antonio.

Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest).

Goal!

Goal! Middlesbrough 2, Nottingham Forest 0. Jelle Vossen (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Daniel Fox.

Foul by Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough).

Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by George Friend (Middlesbrough).

David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Adam Reach replaces Lee Tomlin.

Attempt missed. Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Michael Mancienne.

Attempt missed. Robert Tesche (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Osborn with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Kenneth Omeruo.

Attempt missed. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Emilio Nsue Lopez with a cross.

George Friend (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Robert Tesche (Nottingham Forest).

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Jelle Vossen replaces Kike.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Kelvin Wilson (Nottingham Forest) for a bad foul.

Kike (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kelvin Wilson (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt saved. Matty Fryatt (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ben Osborn with a cross.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Robert Tesche tries a through ball, but Chris Burke is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Eric Lichaj.

Attempt missed. Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matty Fryatt.

Attempt missed. Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Robert Tesche.

Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).

Chris Burke (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth23136452252745
2Ipswich23128338221644
3Derby23126544232142
4Middlesbrough23126538172142
5Brentford2312473933640
6Watford23115739241538
7Norwich23107643271637
8Blackburn239773533234
9Wolves239772632-634
10Nottm Forest2371063230231
11Cardiff238783031-131
12Charlton2361342425-131
13Sheff Wed2371061721-431
14Bolton2385102529-429
15Fulham2384113541-628
16Birmingham237792436-1228
17Reading2375112839-1126
18Rotherham2351082029-925
19Huddersfield2367102941-1225
20Leeds2366112534-924
21Millwall2358102438-1423
22Wigan2348112430-620
23Brighton2331192432-820
24Blackpool2327141740-2313
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