Middlesbrough have 26 shots but still lose to Nottingham Forest

Middlesbrough’s persistence did not pay off as they were beaten by a spirited Nottingham Forest side.

Dougie Freedman picked up yet another win as Nottingham Forest manager, as they defeated promotion-chasing Middlesbrough 2-1 on Saturday.

It was the latest disappointing result for Boro after defeats to Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United last month.

Despite dominating for the majority and taking the lead, thanks to a Michael Mancienne own goal, Aitor Karanka’s men succumbed to strikes from Gary Gardner and Dexter Blackstock.

Middlesbrough had a total of 58% possession and a mighty 26 shots, as they peppered the Forest goal throughout the second half but the Tricky Trees held strong to pick up their sixth win in eight games under Freedman.

It was not the first time that Middlesbrough have dominated so heavily but failed to pick up all three points, having had similar bad luck against Leeds last month.

In that 1-0 defeat, they had 27 shots on goal, 18 corners and 64% of the possession but failed to break down their opponents.

This recurring theme in recent weeks is in danger of seriously damaging Middlesbrough’s promotion push.

Following defeat to Forest, Boro dropped down to fourth place in the Championship table after Bournemouth’s win on Friday night and Derby and Watford’s draws the following day.

Although the four sides are only separated by goal difference, Middlesbrough could pay for not putting these chances away come the end of the campaign.

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