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Nottingham Forest 2-1 Middlesbrough

Daryl Murphy
Daryl Murphy scored in his third consecutive Championship game for Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest deservedly beat Middlesbrough to make it three wins from four Championship matches.

Barrie McKay opened the scoring when he slotted past goalkeeper Darren Randolph from Kieran Dowell's through ball.

Britt Assombalonga, who left Forest for Boro in July, missed twice before Ben Gibson's push on Ben Brereton allowed Daryl Murphy to score from the spot.

Gibson stabbed in from a corner to make it 2-1 with seven minutes remaining, but Mark Warbuton's side held on.

Middlesbrough travelled to the City Ground having kept just one clean sheet in their past 21 league visits and Assombalonga's profligacy in front of goal did not make up for their leaky defence.

Assombalonga left Forest for a club record £15m after scoring 14 goals last season, but he was guilty of poor finishing on return to his old home.

The 24-year-old striker fired two one-on-one opportunities wide, while goalkeeper Jordan Smith also made saves from him and another ex-Forest forward Patrick Bamford.

By contrast, Forest took their chances, with summer signing McKay keeping his head and Murphy converting from the spot as the hosts netted two of their three shots on target.

Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton:

"I thought we were very good. We deserved the lead we got from a well-taken goal.

"Middlesbrough are a very strong outfit. They have many Premier League players so, overall, this was a tremendous performance.

"We will take it one game at a time. It doesn't raise expectations."

Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk:

"I can't criticise any of my players today. After the first 25 minutes we got to grips with them and we created some good chances of our own.

"I feel for the players in terms of how we came off the pitch with no points.

"If we played that game again tomorrow we would probably win it with the number of chances we had. We were not clinical enough."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 43Smith
  • 27DarikwaBooked at 15mins
  • 42Worrall
  • 5Mills
  • 6TraoreBooked at 18minsSubstituted forLichajat 77'minutes
  • 31Bouchalakis
  • 24VaughanSubstituted forBreretonat 37'minutes
  • 10McKaySubstituted forMancienneat 66'minutes
  • 20Dowell
  • 11Osborn
  • 9Murphy

Substitutes

  • 2Lichaj
  • 4Mancienne
  • 16Clough
  • 17Brereton
  • 18Carayol
  • 26Evtimov
  • 35Cummings

Middlesbrough

  • 25Randolph
  • 22Christie
  • 20FryBooked at 63mins
  • 6GibsonBooked at 89mins
  • 3Friend
  • 16Howson
  • 8ClaytonBooked at 39minsSubstituted forFletcherat 77'minutes
  • 34ForshawSubstituted forTraoréat 45'minutes
  • 11BamfordSubstituted forBakerat 62'minutes
  • 9AssombalongaBooked at 76mins
  • 39Gestede

Substitutes

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 2Fabio
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 18Fletcher
  • 23Roberts
  • 30Baker
  • 37Traoré
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
26,265

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home11
Away17
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home5
Away22

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Middlesbrough 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Middlesbrough 1.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Kieran Dowell tries a through ball, but Ben Brereton is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rudy Gestede with a headed pass.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Tendayi Darikwa tries a through ball, but Ben Brereton is caught offside.

Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jonny Howson (Middlesbrough).

Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Middlesbrough).

Booking

Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Adama Traoré (Middlesbrough).

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Matt Mills.

Offside, Middlesbrough. Ashley Fletcher tries a through ball, but Britt Assombalonga is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough) header from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cyrus Christie.

Attempt missed. Daryl Murphy (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Andreas Bouchalakis.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Ben Gibson.

Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Cyrus Christie.

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

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Middlesbrough).

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 2, Middlesbrough 1. Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Dael Fry following a corner.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Tendayi Darikwa.

Attempt saved. Lewis Baker (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 2, Middlesbrough 0. Daryl Murphy (Nottingham Forest) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty Nottingham Forest. Ben Brereton draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough) after a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Ashley Fletcher replaces Adam Clayton.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Eric Lichaj replaces Armand Traore because of an injury.

Booking

Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jordan Smith (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough).

Armand Traore (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dangerous play by Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough).

Armand Traore (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adama Traoré (Middlesbrough).

Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Middlesbrough).

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Armand Traore.

Attempt missed. Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Michael Mancienne replaces Barrie McKay.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cardiff440081712
2Ipswich440094512
3Wolves43017439
4Nottm Forest43018629
5Leeds42205238
6QPR42115417
7Preston42112117
8Derby42114407
9Middlesbrough42024316
10Sheff Utd420223-16
11Bristol City41216515
12Sunderland41215505
13Sheff Wed41213305
14Hull41128714
15Birmingham411234-14
16Aston Villa411268-24
17Norwich411268-24
18Reading411235-24
19Fulham403123-13
20Barnsley410347-33
21Burton410338-53
22Bolton402246-22
23Millwall402246-22
24Brentford401359-41
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