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Result: Marvin Johnson nets winner as Middlesbrough triumph against Forest

Marvin Johnson converted George Saville's cross with virtually his first touch.

Middlesbrough moved into the play-off positions in the Sky Bet Championship as Marvin Johnson's 81st-minute strike secured a 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest.

Johnson converted George Saville's cross with virtually his first touch after leaving the substitutes' bench as Neil Warnock's side continued the fine run of form that has seen them remain unbeaten since the opening weekend of the season.

Nottingham Forest failed to record a single effort on target as they slumped to their first defeat in five matches, with Middlesbrough's superiority apparent throughout.

With Dael Fry unavailable, Warnock was forced into a tactical reshuffle that saw him start with a back four rather than the five-man backline he has been fielding for the vast majority of the season.

Teenager Nathan Wood came in for his first Championship start, and the youngster impressed as Boro set about containing a Forest side that have improved markedly since the appointment of Chris Hughton as manager.

The visitors failed to record a single effort on target in a first half that was dominated by Middlesbrough, but while the Teessiders created a number of good chances before the interval, they were unable to take any of them.

Hayden Coulson went close midway through the opening period, but while he drifted dangerously across the 18-yard box, his low strike was straight at the legs of Forest goalkeeper Brice Samba.

Samba's poor clearance had created Coulson's opportunity, and Forest's players came close to shooting themselves in the foot again shortly after the half-hour mark.

Ryan Yates' dreadful back-pass afforded Britt Assombalonga a clear run on goal, but the former Forest striker saw his low shot saved by Samba. Marcus Tavernier picked up the rebound, but while the midfielder had a gaping goal to aim at, he blazed wastefully over the crossbar.

Tavernier saw another shot blocked inside the penalty area shortly before the break, and wasted a good position in the early stages of the second half as he drilled a free-kick from the edge of the area into the wall.

Forest struggled to create clear-cut chances all afternoon, although Miguel Guerrero got himself into a decent position shortly before the hour mark, only to be thwarted by an excellent sliding challenge from Wood.

The visitors' best opportunity came midway through the second period, and saw Yates glance a near-post header just wide of the target as he met a corner from Anthony Knockaert.

At that stage, it looked as though the game was set to finish goalless, but Boro had other ideas and claimed a winner with nine minutes left.

Johnson had only been on the field for three minutes when he met Saville's cross, but the substitute displayed superb composure as he slotted home a slick first-time finish.

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Wednesday's key events

· Team GB have dominated the men's coxless fours in recent Olympics, winning on each of the last five occasions, but this year they face some stiff competition. They are one of four rowing medal contenders for Great Britain today (2.10am)

· Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus face off again in the women's 200m freestyle final, with the latter having already come out on top in the 400m event (2.41am)
· Team GB's Abbie Wood is among the medal contenders in the women's 200m individual medley final, while teammate Alicia Wilson will also take part. USA's Kate Douglass was the fastest qualifier, while world and Olympic record holder Katinka Hosszu is also involved (3.45am)
· Katie Ledecky could make it two golds in one morning as she goes into the 1500m freestyle final as heavy favourite, having broken the Olympic record in qualifying (3.54am)
· Team GB were by far the fastest qualifiers for the men's 4x200m freestyle relay final and will therefore be favourites for another gold in the pool (4.26am)

· Team GB take on New Zealand in the first men's semi-final, having been beaten by reigning champions Fiji but then come from behind to overcome USA on day two (3am)
· The sevens gold medal match takes place at Tokyo Stadium, with the winner of Great Britain vs. New Zealand taking on either Argentina or Fiji (10am)

· Joe Fraser and James Hall compete for Team GB in the men's all-around final (3.15am-6.10am)

· Anna Shackley will take part in the women's road time trial (from 3.30am)
· Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart have medal ambitions for Great Britain in the men's road time trial, although both will need to recover from the crash they suffered on Saturday (6am)

· Jack Laugher bids to retain his men's 3m synchro diving title alongside new partner Daniel Goodfellow (7am)

· Charlotte Dujardin will look to add to her already legendary status with a third successive Olympic individual dressage title (9.30am-1.25pm)

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