Nottingham Forest 2-1 Middlesbrough: Freedman records another victory

Nottingham Forest 2 - 1 Middlesbrough

  • 27" Michael Mancienne (og)
  • 34" Gary Gardner
  • 65" Dexter Blackstock

Ref: Jonathan Moss
Attendance: 24,200

Nottingham Forest 2

Nottingham Forest returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough this afternoon.

After a defeat to Charlton on Tuesady night, Nottingham Forest needed to get back to winning ways against Middlesbrough today - and did just that at the City Ground.

Dougie Freedman has enjoyed a remarkable start to life at Forest, but after a defeat this week, some suggested that the bubble may have burst.

The naysayers appear to be wrong though, as Forest recorded an impressive win over promotion-chasing Middlesbrough today.

Boro, who have been patchy of late, took the lead thanks to Grant Leadbitter's first half strike - but that was as good as it got for Aitor Karanka's men.

On-loan Aston Villa midfielder Gary Gardner bagged yet another goal for Forest just past the hour mark, and despite Middlesbrough having a total of 26 shots on goal, Freedman's men snatched a second half winner.

Striker Dexter Blackstock hit the winning goal just after the hour mark, with Forest claiming all three points - despite having only 33% of possession.

The result leaves Forest nine points off the play-offs, whilst Middlesbrough drop to fourth in an increasingly tight battle for automatic promotion.

Statistics

Nottingham Forest

Middlesbrough

Possession

33.8%
66.2%

Shots on target

Total shots

Team Lineups

Nottingham Forest

  • Karl Darlow
  • Kelvin Wilson
  • Todd Kane
  • Jamaal Lascelles
  • Eric Lichaj
  • Henri Lansbury
  • Gary Gardner
  • Michael Mancienne
  • Michail Antonio
  • Chris Burke
  • Dexter Blackstock

Substitutes

  • Danny Collins
  • David Vaughan
  • Jamie Paterson
  • Lars Veldwijk
  • Tyler Walker
  • Ben Osborn
  • Dorus de Vries

Middlesbrough

  • Dimitrios Konstantopoulos
  • George Friend
  • Ryan Fredericks
  • Ben Gibson
  • Tomas Kalas
  • Grant Leadbitter
  • Lee Tomlin
  • Albert Adomah
  • Adam Clayton
  • Patrick Bamford
  • Kike

Substitutes

  • Emilio Nsue Lopez
  • Jelle Vossen
  • Adam Forshaw
  • Connor Ripley
  • Adam Reach
  • Jonathan Woodgate
  • Dean Whitehead

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