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Posted Tue 18 Oct 11 at 21:44 PM

Nottingham Forest 2 v 0 Middlesbrough

Nottingham Forest celebrate their first home League win of the season, which lifts them out of the relegation zone.

It was an impressive performance against the previously unbeaten Middlesbrough, who only had one shot on target throughout the game.

It was 35 minutes before either side had a shot on target and it resulted in a goal for Forest when some great build-up work gave Marcus Tudgay the perfect chance to slot the ball home.

Middlesbrough, who had only conceded one League goal away from home, did not have a single shot on target in the first half.

Forest kept the pressure up in the second half and were rewarded with another goal ten minutes in and did well to contain Middlesbrough until the final whistle.

It was a high tempo start to the game with Forest pressing forward well, but Middlesbrough defended in numbers and threatened on the break.

Forest had an early chance when Tudgay forced Seb Hines into a mistake, won the ball and got the shot in, but was unable to find the target from 20 yards out.

And they attempted another shot from a long ball into the Middlesbrough penalty area which Ishmael Miller almost got on the end of, but Jason Steele just managed to gather to the ball first.

Forest continued to have most of the possession with the away side seeming content to defend.

And their work finally paid off ten minutes before half time when Lewis McGugan sent the ball through to Chris Gunter who made a great run down the right, looked up and squared the ball across to Tudgay who timed his run well and tapped it in from four yards out.

They had another chance when McGugan's corner found Luke Chambers whose first effort was blocked and came back to him. He stabbed the ball towards goal where it bounced up off Ishmael Miller and over the bar.

More great work from McGugan and Gunter fashioned a chance late in the half and McGugan's ball almost forced an own goal from Middlesbrough.

Middlesbrough came close in the second minute of the second half when Forest gave away a free kick. It was good delivery by Barry Robson from 30 yards out and three Middlesbrough players went up for the ball at the back post but it was headed wide of the post.

McGugan showed his pace when he made a superb run, getting past two players but he chose to shoot from long range, rather than passing to Miller and his effort went wide of the target.

Forest scored their second goal after pressure on the Middlesbrough goal saw Miller have two efforts blocked and Majewski another. The ball came back out to McGugan who, under pressure, sent the ball flying past Steele from inside the D.

And they came close with another superb free kick by McGugan from wide on the right that found Wes Morgan, whose flashing header from seven yards was just wide of the far post.

With 15 minutes remaining, Robbie Findley became Forest's first substitute of the game, coming on for Miller, who received a standing ovation from the home supporters.

Middlesbrough put some rare pressure on the Forest goal and Lee Camp made his first save of the game, smothering Justin Hoyte's effort at the far post.

Jonathan Greening replaced McGugan with ten minutes remaining and the City Ground crowd were on their feet applauding him as he came off.

For the first time this season the home crowd were enjoying themselves and cheered each pass as Forest kept possession of the ball.

Matt Derbyshire became the final substitute, coming on for Majewski, who left the pitch to chants of Radi, Radi.

Forest survived some late pressure from Middlesbrough with Joel Lynch, who had an excellent game, making a good interception to clear the danger.

As the four minutes stoppage time drew to an end, the Forest supporters were on their feet chanting, ready to celebrate their first home League win of the season.

Nottingham Forest: Camp, Chambers, Morgan, Lynch, Hill, Gunter, Moussi, McGugan(Greening, 80min), Majewski(Derbyshire 84min), Tudgay, Miller(Findley 75min).
Subs not used: Smith, Reid
Booking: Moussi 62min
Scorers: Tudgay 35min, McGugan 55min

Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte, Bennett(Nimely 45minHT), McManus, Thomson injured 86min, Emnes, Bailey(Arca, 61min), Hines, Robson(C), McMahon, Haroun(Martin 61min)
Subs not used: Coyne, McDonald,
Bookings: Robson 62min, Martin 66min

Referee: Kevin Wright
Attendance: 20,630 Away attn: 1,344

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