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Nottingham Forest 2-1 Middlesbrough

Dexter Blackstock
Dexter Blackstock scored on his 150th appearance for Nottingham Forest.

Middlesbrough dropped to fourth in the Championship as Nottingham Forest came from behind to secure victory.

A draw for Boro would have been enough to move them top of the standings and they opened the scoring when Grant Leadbitter's cross ended up in the net.

Gary Gardner's superb strike from distance levelled matters before Dexter Blackstock's finish after a counter earned Forest the three points.

Boro are now level on 66 points with three other teams at the top.

Bournemouth lead the way by virtue of a better goal difference, while second-placed Derby surrendered a two-goal lead in injury time against Birmingham to draw 2-2 and Watford, third in the table, drew at Wolves by the same scoreline.

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Dougie Freedman on Nottingham Forest win over Middlesbrough

Boro had beaten Millwall 3-0 in midweek to move one point clear at the top and were looking to build on that with victory at the City Ground.

Forest, meanwhile, suffered their first defeat under Dougie Freedman against Charlton last time out and struggled initially against a confident Boro side.

The visitors had the better of the few chances in the opening stages as Lee Tomlin's deflected shot flew wide, before Patrick Bamford drew a save out of Karl Darlow.

However, they owed their opener to a huge slice of fortune as Leadbitter's cross into the area evaded everyone and looped into the net.

It was a deserved goal for Boro but Forest's response was swift as they equalised in stunning fashion, Gardner picking up the ball outside the box and superbly curling home from 25 yards.

From then on the game was much more even, with Kike shooting just wide for Boro, before Tomas Kalas had a penalty appeal waved away.

Forest who secured the three points when they broke quickly midway through the second half and Blackstock found space inside the area to fire in the winner.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman: "I am delighted with the super-human effort the players showed.

"And I'm delighted with the response they produced to going behind, to suffering a set-back against the best team in the league, the strongest squad in the league and the one that will probably go on to win the title."

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka: "We did not play well, we did not do the things that we said we had to do and we lost.

"This season will go right to the end, it will be close.

"But we have to be intelligent and we have to learn from this."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 1Darlow
  • 17Kane
  • 16Lascelles
  • 6Wilson
  • 2Lichaj
  • 4Mancienne
  • 27Burke
  • 22Gardner
  • 10LansburySubstituted forOsbornat 45'minutes
  • 18Antonio
  • 23BlackstockSubstituted forCollinsat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Collins
  • 14Veldwijk
  • 21Paterson
  • 24Vaughan
  • 29de Vries
  • 34Walker
  • 38Osborn

Middlesbrough

  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 5FredericksSubstituted forNsueat 39'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 26Kalas
  • 6Gibson
  • 3Friend
  • 7LeadbitterBooked at 44minsSubstituted forForshawat 83'minutes
  • 8Clayton
  • 27AdomahSubstituted forVossenat 70'minutes
  • 10Tomlin
  • 23Bamford
  • 9Kike

Substitutes

  • 12Ripley
  • 18Whitehead
  • 20Reach
  • 21Vossen
  • 24Nsue
  • 34Forshaw
  • 39Woodgate
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
24,200

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home34%
Away66%
Shots
Home10
Away28
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away9
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Middlesbrough 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Middlesbrough 1.

Booking

Emilio Nsue Lopez (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Emilio Nsue Lopez (Middlesbrough).

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Hand ball by Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest).

Foul by Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough).

Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Ben Gibson.

Attempt saved. Adam Forshaw (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Adam Clayton.

Attempt missed. Kike (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Lee Tomlin.

Attempt blocked. Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Clayton.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Danny Collins replaces Dexter Blackstock.

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lee Tomlin.

Kike (Middlesbrough) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by George Friend.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Adam Forshaw replaces Grant Leadbitter.

Attempt missed. Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Eric Lichaj.

Attempt missed. Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Burke with a cross.

Attempt missed. Kike (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Jelle Vossen.

Attempt blocked. Jelle Vossen (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Emilio Nsue Lopez with a cross.

Attempt missed. Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Patrick Bamford with a cross.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Chris Burke.

Attempt missed. Kike (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Emilio Nsue Lopez.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Chris Burke.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Eric Lichaj.

Attempt missed. Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kike.

Dimitrios Konstantopoulos (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest).

Foul by Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough).

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Jelle Vossen replaces Albert Adomah.

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

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 2, Middlesbrough 1. Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Michail Antonio.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.

Attempt missed. George Friend (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Lee Tomlin.

Attempt blocked. Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Clayton.

Attempt missed. Kike (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Patrick Bamford following a corner.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Todd Kane.

Attempt blocked. Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter with a cross.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Jamaal Lascelles.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth36199874393566
2Derby36199868392966
3Watford362061072442866
4Middlesbrough36199854262866
5Norwich36198970393165
6Brentford361951258461262
7Ipswich361710956391761
8Wolves361610105044658
9Nottm Forest361411115951853
10Sheff Wed361213113234-249
11Blackburn351212114545048
12Charlton361115104145-448
13Leeds36138153946-747
14Birmingham361113124252-1046
15Cardiff361111144348-544
16Huddersfield36119164562-1742
17Bolton35118164354-1141
18Reading35118163753-1641
19Brighton35913134043-340
20Rotherham36913143753-1640
21Fulham36116194764-1739
22Wigan36710193248-1631
23Millwall36710193160-2931
24Blackpool36410222970-4122
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