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By Nathan Middleton

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FT: Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

So a happy camp after three points for Middlesbrough who consolidate their place in the top two.

If you have missed of the action from the early kick off in the Championship, you can read the

match report here and also stay with BBC Sport for the rest of the
football this afternoon.

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FT: Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough striker David Nugent told Sky Sports:

"I felt a bit dizzy, it was the right thing to come off.

"Being a former Leicester City player it is always nice to score here.

"We're favourites to go up, we're living up to expectations and we've got to keep on going."

FT: Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough goalkeeper Dimitrios Konstantopoulos told Sky Sports:

"For the neutral it was an entertaining game and I'm pleased we came out on top.

"We showed resilience and have taken the points'

On the penalty save: "Daniel Ayala said stand up and stay in the middle, and that's what I did."

FULL-TIME

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

Five wins in a row in all competitions for Aitor Karanka's side who go two points behind Championship leaders Brighton temporarily.

After David Nugent's flicked in opener, Matt Mills volleyed home first time to draw Forest level. Daniel Ayala, who became a father in the week, nodded in from close range to give Boro all three points.

Forest boss Dougie Freedman will be disappointed his team could not find the equaliser with Henri Lansbury's penalty saved by Dimitrios Konstantopoulos, who made a number of important stops in the second half.

It is the first time in 17 seasons that Boro have won at the City Ground.

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

It comes to nothing.

Jack Hobbs and Kelvin Wilson have stayed forward though. Can Forest carve out one last opportunity?

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

A succession of free-kicks for Nottingham Forest, after some niggly Middlesbrough challenges.

The Reds throw some big men from the back forward and they have a chance to get it in the area...

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

It is all Forest at the moment, but there is a swarm of yellow shirts closing them down.

Jamie Ward attempts another effort from outside the box after a one-two, but it is never on target.

INJURY TIME

The corner comes to nothing.

The noise levels are raised at the City Ground when five minutes added on are indicated.

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

Jonathan Williams finds some space in the area but his shot is blocked from close range.

Nottingham Forest corner and all the Boro players are back in their own half...

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

Slightly frantic at the moment, with Middlesbrough trying to consolidate their lead by keeping possession, but the hosts are keen to get it forward quickly when they do get it.

GREAT SAVE!

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

This is a brilliant strike by Cristhian Stuani, but Dorus de Vries is equal to it.

From the edge of the box, the Uruguayan lashes the ball and it is well kept out considering how much it swerves in the air.

As the ball is cleared, Daniel Ayala mistimes a challenge to become the sixth Boro player to go into the book today.

YELLOW CARD

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

Five yellow cards for the men in yellow now.

Diego Fabbrini losses possession in attack, and trying to win it back he makes a clumsy challenge.

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

Jamie Ward, who has really brought some energy into Nottingham Forest since coming on, fires in a shot but even he did not look confident after he struck it and it comes to nothing.

YELLOW CARD

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

Forest midfielder David Vaughan becomes the fifth player to receive a yellow card when he mistimes a challenge.

Shortly after, Boro skipper Grant Leadbitter becomes the sixth player in the notebook when he cynically stops a break.

GREAT SAVE!

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

And Henri Lansbury is kept out!

Henri Lansbury
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Dimitrios Konstantopoulos has made a number of important saves in this second half and this is another one, this time with his feet.

It is a poor penalty from Lansbury in truth, along the ground and not too far off central. Then again, any penalty you don't score is poor isn't it?

PENALTY

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

Ben Gibson handles inside the area and Nottingham Forest with the chance to level it up.

Captain Henry Lansbury over the ball....

SUBSTITUTION

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

Wales international Jonathan Williams comes on to make his debut for Notthingham Forest after joining on loan from Crystal Palace.

He replaces Nelson Oliveira.

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

Dougie Freedman now looking more animated on the touchline.

He knows his team is really coming back into this game. It looks as if he is readying another substitution to try and find this equaliser.

GREAT SAVE!

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

Dimitrios Konstantopoulos has certainly been the busier of the two goalkeepers this half.

Reds midfielder Ryan Mendes, right on the centre point on the edge of the area, drills a bobbling shot into the ground and, after a couple of bounces, Konstantopoulos scrambles across to keep it out.

CLOSE!

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

Better this from Nottingham Forest.

After Adam Clayton loses possession, and attempts to get it back with a rugby tackle, Nelson Oliveira drives forward and curls an effort just wide.

The referee goes back and books Clayton for his attempts at a tackle.

SUBSTITUTION

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

David Nugent, who opened the scoring, is taken off following the the bang on his head.

Kike
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He is replaced by Kike, who already has three goals this season.

YELLOW CARD

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

Ben Gibson goes into the book for just holding up a Middlesbrough foray forward.

From the free-kick, Jamie Ward goes for pure power but the strike is always rising and Dimitrios Konstantopoulos is confident it is never testing him.

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

Something for the home fans to get excited about in this second-half as Jamie Ward jinks his way into the box.

His cross-come-shot is fired through the six-yard box and past the post.

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

This build up is reminiscent of Middlesbrough at their best last season, with one and two-touch passing building the play all the way to the edge of the Nottingham Forest penalty area.

George Friend takes a heavy touch inside the box and as he attempts to keep the ball, he makes a clumsy challenge on Henry Lansbury to concede a free-kick.

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

Grant Leadbitter drills a free-kick towards goal from 30 yards out - it is on target, but easily gathered by Dorus de Vries.

The Boro captain had seven goals at this stage last season but is yet to get off the mark so far this campaign.

SUBSTITUTION

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

Albert Adomah off and Diego Fabbrini, who has scored twice already this season, on.

The Italian points Stewart Downing out towards the left and it looks like he will now play in behind David Nugent, who has recovered from that head knock.

CLOSE!

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

A quick break down the left and Middlesbrough are in behind the Forest defence.

It is worked to Stewart Downing and he opens up his body from the edge of the area, but is just unable to curl ball inside the post.

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

This is a nasty knock on David Nugent.

Eric Lichaj times a tackle well on on the advancing Nugent, but as the Middlesbrough striker goes down, David Vaughan accidentally clatters into his head.

Nugent goes off for some treatment but looks ok to carry on.

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

Right-back Eric Lichaj has obviously been given license to get forward.

He powers into the area and from a tight angle fires at Dimitrios Konstantopoulos who stands up strong to beat the ball away.

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Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

Daniel Ayala, whose goal currently separates the teams, looks to have recovered from his ankle problem just before half-time.

He throws himself into a tackle and is back up on his feet.

GREAT SAVE!

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

Oh dear, Ryan Mendes.

Laid in behind the defence, he has all the time in the world to either pick his spot or roll it into Nelson Oliveira to tap home.

He does neither as Dimitrios Konstantopoulos races out and sticks out a palm - Oliveira does not look happy.

SUBSTITUTION

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

This crept through at half-time as Ben Osborn was taken off and Jamie Ward is brought on by Dougie Freedman.

KICK-OFF

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

Back underway in Nottingham as Middlesbrough restart the game.

Match stats

HT: Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

Stats
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Here are the stats from the first 45 minutes.

The two sides are now heading back out onto the pitch at a now overcast City Ground.

I Believe in Miracles

HT: Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

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Nottingham Forest don't quite need a miracle, but they do need to change something.

Away from matters on the pitch today, an exhibition celebrating Forest's European Cup victories in 1979 and 1980 has

opened in Nottingham this week.

A film called 'I Believe in Miracles' will be premiered at the City Ground in October about Brian Clough and Peter Taylor's trophy-laden spell.

Saturday football

HT: Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

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After it is all finished at the City Ground, BBC Sport have you covered for all the football this afternoon right

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HALF-TIME

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

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Middlesbrough are halfway to their first win at the City Ground since March 1999 when Bryan Robson's men recorded a 2-1 win.

Forest's goalscorer that day was none other than current boss Dougie Freedman.

HALF-TIME

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

Well it was a breathless first seven minutes with David Nugent giving the visitors the lead before Matt Mills' volley levelled it up.

Mills has since had to be replaced through injury, and Daniel Ayala has given Boro a deserved lead at the break when he headed home following a poor clearance.

Some inspiring words needed now by Dougie Freedman in the Forest dressing room.

INJURY TIME

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

Three minutes added on at the City Ground.

Can Dougie Freedman's side grab themselves an equaliser before the break?

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

Apart from the goals, chances have been at a bit of premium so far with the two formations cancelling each other out along with some poor passing.

Another pass goes astray from the hosts and Middlesbrough have a throw in deep inside their own half.