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Nathan Middleton

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  1. 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.

    Thank you for your company and enjoy the rest of your day.

  2. 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."

  3. 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."


    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.

  5. 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?

  6. 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...

  7. 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.


    The corner comes to nothing.

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

  9. 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...

  10. 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.


    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.


    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.

  13. 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.


    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.


    Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

    And Henri Lansbury is kept out!

    Henri Lansbury

    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?


    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....


    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.

  18. 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.


    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.

  20. 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.


    Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

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


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


    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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.


    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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

    Eric Lichaj
  30. 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.


    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.


    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.

  33. KICK-OFF

    Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

    Back underway in Nottingham as Middlesbrough restart the game.

  34. Match stats

    HT: Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough


    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.

  35. I Believe in Miracles

    HT: Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

    Peter Taylor and Brian Clough

    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.

  36. Saturday football

    HT: Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

    Chelsea v Arsenal matchday board

    Don't forget we've got you covered for all your football needs this afternoon.

    Not much happening at Stamford Bridge as it is 0-0 between Chelsea and Arsenal in the early Premier League game.

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


    Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

    Dougie Freedman

    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.


    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.


    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?

  40. 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.

  41. Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

    Daniel Ayala looks like he is going to soldier on until half-time.

    A break from Ryan Mendes is eventually cut out by Boro after the Spanish centre-back returns to the field.

  42. Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

    This is better from Nottingham Forest, who work it down the right and a low, dangerous looking cross is dealt with by Adam Clayton.

    The midfielder cleared the ball after centre-back Daniel Ayala slipped and he's now receiving treatment on his ankle from that incident.

    Are we about to lose our second goalscorer?

  43. Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

    The hosts are just struggling to keep hold of the ball at the moment whenever they get it.

    George Friend and Albert Adomah make another break down the left for Boro but this time it comes to nothing.


    Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

    Nottingham Forest seem to be inspired by going a goal behind...

    They fly forward again after Middlesbrough re-take the lead and Eric Lichaj's long range effort is well kept out by Dimitrios Konstantopoulos. It is a save he will have expected to make, but it's a good one nevertheless.

  45. GOAL (Ayala)

    Nottingham Forest 1-2 Middlesbrough

    This has been coming from the visitors.

    Daniel Ayala

    After working the corner short, Adam Clayton's cross is poorly headed up by Kelvin Wilson and former Forest defender Daniel Ayala nods home from a couple of yards.

    Can Forest respond immediately again?

  46. Nottingham Forest 1-1 Middlesbrough

    Middlesbrough on top at the moment, switching the ball between the flanks at will and all being kept together by England international Stewart Downing.

    They work it to the right and have a corner...

  47. Nottingham Forest 1-1 Middlesbrough

    Not too much happening at the moment, with the yellow-shirted visitors enjoying a few minutes of possession in between defence and midfield.

    The suited Dougie Freedman comes out to the edge of his technical area to give out some instructions to his Forest side.

  48. Nottingham Forest 1-1 Middlesbrough

    Adam Clayton

    Adam Clayton and Grant Leadbitter are providing an excellent screen in front of the Middlesbrough back four at the moment, allowing the attacking players to focus on matters further up the field.

    Coming into his game, Clayton has completed the most successful passes so far this season (418).

  49. Nottingham Forest 1-1 Middlesbrough

    Double chance for Middlesbrough who just carve open Nottingham Forest at the back.

    First, David Nugent fires it at Dorus de Vries who can only palm it away, it falls to Albert Adomah in the box but he doesn't catch his side-footed effort cleanly and De Vries saves again, this time with his feet.


    Nottingham Forest 1-1 Middlesbrough

    A reckless challenge from Kelvin Wilson and it is needlessly made on the touchline on David Nugent - he joins the Boro striker in the referee's notebook.

    A poor free-kick comes in and Nottingham Forest clear it easily.

  51. Home form

    Nottingham Forest 1-1 Middlesbrough

    City Ground

    It might be back-to-back wins on the road for Dougie Freedman's side coming into this, but they could give their home fans a bit more to cheer about given their recent record.

    That said, Forest are unbeaten in their last six home games against Boro, winning four of them.


    Nottingham Forest 1-1 Middlesbrough

    To his disappointment, Matt Mills is unable to recover from what looks like a hamstring injury.

    Matt Mills

    Jack Hobbs comes on to replace him to try and keep a close eye on his former Leicester City teammate David Nugent.

  53. Nottingham Forest 1-1 Middlesbrough

    The Nottingham Forest goalscorer Matt Mills is down at the moment and the game is stopped for him to receive some treatment to the back of his leg.

  54. Nottingham Forest 1-1 Middlesbrough

    I think this has been the first two minutes of play without an incident.

    That gives us a chance to look a bit more at how the teams are setting up up top - Middlesbrough have Stewart Downing playing just behind David Nugent at the moment, with Albert Adomah on the left and Cristhian Stuani cutting in from the right.

    For Nottingham Forest, Nelson Oliveira has been given free reign in behind lone front man Chris O'Grady.


    Nottingham Forest 1-1 Middlesbrough

    This game has been a cracker so far.

    Middlesbrough break brilliantly from a corner, Stewart Downing is sent through behind the Forest defence but Dorus de Vries stands up tall and sticks out a leg to prevent him finding the corner.

  56. YELLOW CARD (Nugent)

    Nottingham Forest 1-1 Middlesbrough

    David Nugent

    David Nugent working as hard in defence as he is in attack, but the one-time England man is late with a challenge on Henri Lansbury to receive the first booking of the game.

  57. GOAL (Mills)

    Nottingham Forest 1-1 Middlesbrough

    The perfect response.

    You can criticise the Forest defending for the opener and this is just as bad from a static Boro for the equaliser.

    The ball is whipped in from the right-hand side from the corner and centre-back Matt Mills is unmarked with a beautiful cushioned volley home. Game on.

  58. Nottingham Forest 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Dougie Freedman is not happy with the opening from his side.

    They have had a lot of the ball since conceding the goal though and Nelson Oliveira's shot on the turn wins them a corner...

  59. GOAL (Nugent)

    Nottingham Forest 0-1 Middlesbrough

    Horrible defending from the hosts and it is the worst possible start.

    After a poor back pass was just about cleared about cleared by Dorus de Vries, Middlesbrough work it to the left hand side where George Friend whips in a bobbly cross.

    David Nugent with a neat flick between his legs from six yards out and his second goal for Boro gives them the lead with the first shot of the game.

  60. KICK-OFF

    Nottingham Forest 0-0 Middlesbrough

    The home side get us going in the Nottingham sunshine.

  61. Nearly ready

    Nottingham Forest v Middlesbrough (12:30 BST)

    The teams roll on from the tunnel and are now out on the pitch doing their final stretches ahead of kick-off...

  62. Boro's strikers

    Nottingham Forest v Middlesbrough (12:30 BST)


    He already has five goals in just seven starts for Boro and Cristhian Stuani gets his chance alongside David Nugent in a new strike partnership pairing the afternoon.

  63. Middlesbrough line-up


    The big team news from the Middlesbrough camp is a recall for winger Albert Adomah.

    The Ghana international came off the bench to score and get an assist in Tuesday's victory over Brentford after being left out of the previous three games after handing in a transfer request.

    Meanwhile, defender Ben Gibson returns to the side after a hamstring injury and he takes the place of Fernando Amorebieta.

  64. Nottingham Forest line-up

    Notthingham Forest

    Nottingham Forest have made four changes to the team that recorded an impressive 1-0 win at Birmingham City on Tuesday.

    Chris O'Grady, David Vaughan, Nelson Oliveira and Ryan Mendes all come in to the starting XI for Dougie Freedman's men as they look to register a third successive victory.

  65. Team news

    Nottingham Forest v Middlesbrough (12:30 BST)

    Right, the teams are out doing their final preparations. Here is how they will line up...

  66. Get Involved

    Nottingham Forest v Middlesbrough (12:30 BST)

    If you are following us throughout the game, you can use #bbcfootball to send us your views. 

    Or if you are lucky enough to live in the local area of the two teams, BBC Radio Nottingham and BBC Tees have full match commentary as well as updates on BBC Radio 5 live.

  67. Good afternoon

    Nottingham Forest v Middlesbrough (12:30 BST)

    After the draw between Ipswich and Birmingham last night, we've got a tasty looking encounter for your lunchtime offering from the Championship today as Nottingham Forest take on Middlesbrough.

    These are two sides who have hit some form with Forest winning their last two games on the road, while Boro have won their last four games in all competitions.

    Welcome to our coverage from the City Ground.

  68. Post update

    Welcome to our live page for Nottingham Forest v Middlesbrough. We'll have text commentary here from 12:15 BST. You can keep up to date with all the build-up to today's games here.