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Preview: Middlesbrough (A)

6 April 2018

Nottingham Forest return to action tomorrow with a trip to Teesside to take on Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds will be keen to get back out on the pitch after Monday's game against Barnsley was postponed, and with a defeat against Millwall in their game on Good Friday bringing an end to their unbeaten run, Aitor Karanka's men will be looking to get back on track to finish the season strongly.

Middlesbrough picked up one point over the Easter weekend, losing 2-1 at home to Wolves before snatching a point at Burton with a late goal on Monday, and Tony Pulis will be hoping to rekindle some of his side's form as they look to secure a play-off berth.

See below for the views from the Forest camp.

Team news

Aitor Karanka has a few last-minute calls to make as a few injuries have hit the squad in the last couple of weeks. The manager said that "two or three" players are doubts, while admitting that Daryl Murphy remains sidelined.

He said: "I need to think because we have a few players who I thought were ready to play, but I have learned that maybe they can't. I will check before we travel, see who is fit and we will see. Kieran I hope will be fit. Daryl Murphy, I am not so sure. We have another two or three who maybe aren't ready for the game."

From the opposition

Tony Pulis said he is unlikley to make too many changes to his side when Nottingham Forest visit on Saturday.

The Boro boss knows they will have to break down The Reds' defence to aid their push to secure a top six spot.

He said: "They're quite well organised, they've brought in some experienced players, they play some good football and we'll have to be careful they don't catch us on the counter.

"The most important thing now for us it's what we do. We're sixth in the table and in a position where it's down to us, we can determine our own fate. It's exciting and I hope the players can recognise they're in a great position. We've got some big, exciting games coming up.

"I don't like changing much. It's harder to get into the team, if I think the team is settled then it's harder for people to get in. I like to keep a settled team."

One to watch - Patrick Bamford

Patrick Bamford has been in prolific form of late as he looks to fire Middlesbrough into the play-offs.

The former Forest man has hit nine goals in his last eight outings, including a hat-trick in the 3-0 win against Leeds last month, and he will be keen to get on the scoresheet against his former side.

Last time out

Tickets

Nottingham Forest supporters will be able to pay on the day at the Riverside for tomorrow's game. Tickets are no longer available from the Nottingham Forest ticket office, but supporters can purchase tickets on arrival at Middlesbrough from the visitors' ticket office using cash only.

Full details can be found here.  

Coverage

Tomorrow's game will be broadcast live on iFollow Forest for international subscribers, with the usual audio commentary via BBC Radio Nottingham will be available.

There will also be full coverage via the club's official social media channels and in the Match Centre.

Other fixtures

All fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated:

Cardiff v Wolves (Friday, 7.45pm)
Barnsley v Sheffield United (12.15pm)
Norwich v Aston Villa (12.30pm)
Birmingham v Burton
Brentford v Ipswich
Derby v Bolton
Hull v QPR
Leeds v Sunderland
Millwall v Bristol City
Reading v Preston
Sheffield Wednesday v Fulham

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Match Reports

Middlesbrough 2-0 Forest

7 April 2018

Nottingham Forest fell to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Middlesbrough this afternoon after two first-half goals consigned them to a loss.

Daniel Ayala and Stewart Downing strikes were enough for Boro as they continued their charge for the Championship play-offs, and the result made it back-to-back defeats for The Reds as Aitor Karanka tasted defeat on his return to the Riverside Stadium.

The Reds made one change from the side beaten at Millwall over the Easter weekend, with Kieran Dowell returning from injury to replace Barrie McKay in midfield.

After a fairly balanced opening five minutes of the first-half, it was the home side that were first to put their name on the scoresheet after just seven minutes. The Reds failed to clear a corner and the ball fell to former Forest loanee Daniel Ayala who was given room to turn and shoot inside the penalty area and beat Costel Pantilimon with a neat finish.

It was a blow for Forest who had looked bright early on, retaining possession well and threatening through Joe Lolley in particular.

The home side, now full of confidence, nearly added a second 10 minutes later. Stuart Downing was denied after a last ditch tackle by Ben Osborn prevented him from getting his shot away after Patrick Bamford squared the ball to the former Liverpool man. Downing, however, didn't have to wait long before he had another opportunity to get on the scoresheet and this time he made no mistake on the half-hour mark.

Again, a loose ball fell to the midfielder inside the area and this time he powered a right-footed effort low and hard past Pantilimon through a body of defenders.

The Reds ended the first half strongly with a sustained spell of pressure on the home side's goal, with former Boro man Lee Tomlin testing Darren Randolph at the end of the half, forcing the keeper to tip his stinging effort around the post.

Both sides came out for the second half on the front foot as first Ayala nearly added to his tally with an acrobatic overhead attempt from inside the six-yard box but he was unable to keep his effort down, then minutes later Lolley broke into the host's half and squared the ball to Colback inside the area but the Newcastle loanee couldn't divert the ball goalwards.

Ben Brereton and McKay were introduced from the bench and those changes nearly had an immediate impact when Brereton had a glorious opportunity to get Forest back into the match on 65 minutes. McKay played in the striker who turned neatly in the penalty area but failed to get his shot away in time and was eventually closed down by Ayala.

Forest were now in complete control of the match with the home side struggling to get any sort of rhythm going. Lolley, who had been lively all match, went close with 10 minutes to go as he curled a left-footed effort towards the bottom corner, however Randolph got down well and gathered.

Time was running out for The Reds who were now throwing everybody forward in search of a comeback, but Middlesbrough looked content and were happy to pick their moment to break.

Former Red Britt Assombalonga came off the bench to create a few openings on the counter attack. Firstly, he teed up Bamford whose shot skimmed the post and went wide and then he had two goalscoring chances of his own, skewing wide when one-on-one and being denied by Pantilimon.

Ultimately though it was a frustrating afternoon for The Reds as they couldn't find a way through a solid Boro defence and they left the Riverside with a defeat.

Forest: Pantilimon, Darikwa, Figueiredo, Fox, Osborn, Watson (c), Colback, Dowell (McKay 59'), Tomlin, Lolley, Vellios (Brereton 59')

Unused subs: Kapino, Lichaj, Mancienne, Guedioura, Bridcutt

Bookings: Dowell 13', Figueiredo 34'

Middlesbrough: Randolph, Shotton, Ayala, Gibson, Friend, Leadbitter (c), Howson, Besic (Clayton 63'), Traore (Assombalonga 81'), Downing, Bamford (Cranie 89')

Unused subs: Konstantopoulos, Fabio, Fry, Harrison

Goals: Ayala 7', Downing 31'

Booking: Shotton 57'

Referee: David Webb

Attendance: 25,812 (1,173 away)

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Ticket News

Pay-on-the-day at Middlesbrough

6 April 2018

Tickets for Nottingham Forest’s trip to Middlesbrough on Saturday will be available on arrival at the Riverside Stadium.

The Reds travel to the Riverside Stadium (kick-off 3pm) and the club have received an initial allocation of 1,532 tickets located in the corner of the East Stand.

Tickets are priced as follows:

Adults - £30
Over 65s - £20
Under 18s - £17

There will be no price increase and tickets can be bought with cash only at the visitors' ticket office from 1pm.

Coach travel

Official coach travel will depart the Brian Clough Stand at 10.30am and is priced at £18.

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