MX23RW : Wednesday, February 20 22:30:49
Oct 6, 2018 at 3pm UK at ​Riverside Stadium (Middlesbrough)
Attendance: 24,299
Middlesbrough
0-2
Nott'm ForestNottingham Forest
FT(HT: 0-0)
Lolley (49'), Grabban (77')
Robinson (80')

Result: Middlesbrough miss chance to go top after Forest defeat

Forest climb into the play-off places in the Championship after win at the Riverside Stadium.

Middlesbrough lost their unbeaten home record and a chance to go top of the table when Nottingham Forest won 2-0 at the Riverside Stadium.

Boro began the game in second place and a point behind leaders Leeds, who drew 1-1 with Brentford in the earlier kick-off.

However, Tony Pulis’ side never found their rhythm against a Forest outfit who climbed into the play-off places with this victory.

Joe Lolley was central to it, scoring the first goal and setting up substitute Lewis Grabban to score the second, extending Forest’s unbeaten league run to six games.

They had the upper hand from an early stage, Boro making a sloppy start and giving the ball away cheaply.

Jack Colback, the former Newcastle midfielder, tried an optimistic effort by letting fly from 25 yards and Lolley cut through the centre, taking the ball past three or four Boro players and seeing a low effort saved by Darren Randolph.

The home fans were becoming frustrated and Pulis was pontificating on the sidelines.

Middlesbrough improved, winning four corners before half-time and Martin Braithwaite hit the bar with a shot deflected by Colback.

Michael Dawson had to be replaced before the break, the Forest centre-back having come off second-best when challenging George Friend.

But losing the experienced defender did nothing to unsettle Forest, who took the lead early in the second half – and it was a rocket by Lolley.

After Daryl Murphy turned Daniel Ayala on halfway, the striker also evaded Ryan Shotton and fed the overlapping Lolley who took a touch before unleashing a powerful rising effort that Randolph had no chance of stopping.

It was the first time Boro had conceded at home this season and Pulis reacted by making a treble change, sending on Adam Clayton, Rudy Gestede and former Forest striker Britt Assombalonga, who was booed by the visiting supporters.

They were almost cheering when Lolley volleyed at goal after Aden Flint had headed a cross into his path.

Assombalonga wasted a great opportunity of an equaliser, his team’s best chance of the game, midway through the second half when Jonny Howson fed him in a central position, his first touch was good, taking him into the area, but his shot was too close to Costel Pantilimon.

Grabban grabbed the goal to seal the points after 77 minutes, tapping in from close range after ghosting unmarked into the six-yard box to meet Lolley’s pass from the left.

Boro were give some hope when Jack Robinson was red-carded having been shown a second yellow, but, aside from Gestede having an effort ruled out for a push on the goalkeeper, the home side did not come close to an unlikely comeback.

Share this article now:

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account