Championship
Nottm Forest3Middlesbrough0

Nottingham Forest 3-0 Middlesbrough: Joe Lolley scores twice on miserable day for Boro

Joe Lolley celebrates his goal
Joe Lolley (right) took his goal tally for the season to 11

Joe Lolley scored twice as Middlesbrough's Championship play-off bid was dealt a blow by Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.

Lolley blasted in a penalty after Karim Ansarifard was fouled from behind by Ryan Shotton, who was fortunate to escape with only a yellow card.

Alexander Milosevic volleyed home Nottingham Forest's second - his first goal for the club - after Matty Cash had crossed from the left.

Joao Carvalho hit the post shortly before setting up Lolley's late third.

Derby County's 2-0 win against QPR at Pride Park, where both goals were scored deep into injury time, meant the Rams replaced Boro in sixth place with two matches of the campaign remaining.

With his team trailing to Lolley's 39th-minute spot-kick, Boro boss Tony Pulis made a double substitution at half-time, replacing Muhamed Besic and Ashley Fletcher with Jordan Hugill and Marcus Tavernier.

But the change made little difference and Boro would have gone two down soon after the interval had keeper Darren Randolph not produced a stunning save to deny Ansarifard at point-blank range after the Iranian had been superbly found by Carvalho.

Randolph also saved from Carvalho and Cash to prevent the visitors suffering an even heavier defeat.

Nottingham Forest manager Martin O'Neill:

"It's a question of saying 'this is a performance where we were terrific, the best performance of the season', and the players have to go and earn that right to do a little trick on the ball in the 75th minute when you're 2-0 up.

"You don't want to be brittle, you don't want to be a fair-weather team.

"That was us at our best, but what we want is at times when we're not at our best to be able to cut it. That's something that's been missing at this club for a long, long time."

Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis:

"It was always going to be difficult - we've only got two real defenders on the pitch. We're trying to put square pegs in round holes and it really caught us out today.

"I'm disappointed. We played with forwards on the pitch today, more forward-thinking players than I've ever played, and you want them to do a lot more going forward.

"We've still got a chance. We've got to dust ourselves down and we need all the players to be together and try and get a result Saturday."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 13Wagué
  • 17Milosevic
  • 18Robinson
  • 14CashBooked at 45mins
  • 22Yates
  • 28Tuncará GomesSubstituted forYacobat 84'minutes
  • 11Osborn
  • 23Lolley
  • 10CarvalhoSubstituted forGuédiouraat 88'minutes
  • 37AnsarifardSubstituted forGrabbanat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Guédioura
  • 7Grabban
  • 9Murphy
  • 15Steele
  • 21Janko
  • 24Yacob
  • 43Appiah

Middlesbrough

  • 23Randolph
  • 17McNair
  • 24Flint
  • 5ShottonBooked at 38mins
  • 16Howson
  • 8Clayton
  • 2Mikel
  • 37BesicSubstituted forTavernierat 45'minutes
  • 22SavilleSubstituted forDowningat 65'minutes
  • 18FletcherSubstituted forHugillat 45'minutes
  • 9Assombalonga

Substitutes

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 11Hugill
  • 19Downing
  • 25Wood-Gordon
  • 28Tavernier
  • 39Gestede
  • 42Spence
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
27,653

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home20
Away3
Shots on Target
Home9
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Nottingham Forest 3, Middlesbrough 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 3, Middlesbrough 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matthew Cash with a headed pass.

  4. Post update

    Jack Robinson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Hugill (Middlesbrough).

  6. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  7. Post update

    Delay in match Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough) because of an injury.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Adlène Guédioura replaces João Carvalho.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Middlesbrough. Paddy McNair tries a through ball, but Britt Assombalonga is caught offside.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Nottingham Forest 3, Middlesbrough 0. Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by João Carvalho.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Claudio Yacob replaces Pelé.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough).

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Osborn.

  15. Post update

    João Carvalho (Nottingham Forest) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the left side of the box.

  16. Post update

    Molla Wagué (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Hugill (Middlesbrough).

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ryan Yates (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Osborn with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Jonny Howson.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Darren Randolph.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich442513689553488
2Sheff Utd442510974393585
3Leeds442571270462482
4West Brom4422111184582677
5Aston Villa442015980582275
6Derby4318131263521167
7Middlesbrough441813134539667
8Bristol City431812135649766
9Sheff Wed441615135657-163
10Swansea43188176057362
11Nottm Forest441515145954560
12Preston441612166461360
13Hull44179186365-260
14Blackburn441611176165-459
15Brentford4415131669591058
16Stoke441120134350-753
17Birmingham441417136357650
18Wigan441212204963-1448
19QPR44139225169-1848
20Reading441016184864-1646
21Millwall431013204761-1443
22Rotherham44816205079-2940
23Bolton4488282976-4732
24Ipswich44416243373-4028
View full Championship table

Top Stories