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19 August 2017 Venue The City Ground Attendance

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Preview: Middlesbrough (H)

18 August 2017

Nottingham Forest take on Middlesbrough at The City Ground tomorrow and will be looking to build on Tuesday's display at Barnsley.

Despite the defeat at Oakwell, Mark Warburton's side put in their best performance of the season and should have taken something from the game.

They will be looking to be more ruthless in front of goal when Boro visit Trentside as Garry Monk's side make the trip south after two home wins.

A 1-0 win over Sheffield United was followed by a 2-0 triumph against Burton in midweek and Boro will be looking to build some early season momentum as they seek an immediate return to the top flight.

See what Mark Warburton had to say here, while the views of Mustapha Carayol can be found here as he gets set to face his former side.

Team news

Chris Cohen remains sidelined for The Reds as he continues his recovery from a minor knee injury.

Jamie Ward and Matty Cash remain long-term absentees but Danny Fox and Stephen Henderson are both in full training and will be pushing for a place in the squad on Saturday.

From the opposition

Middlesbrough boss Garry Monk told their official website: "We're really pleased to get back-to-back wins, runs like that can be important.

"There's a long way to go and a lot of improvements to make. There've been good periods but the team is a work in progress. The aim is to pick up results while we're still improving.

"Forest have had a good start to the season but that hasn't surprised me.

"Going off the experience of last season, I think this time out the league is going to be even more competitive.

"You have to take each game as it comes. If the players commit in the way we are and have been, I'm confident of getting results. But the league doesn't let up - we've seen that one mistake will be punished."

Tickets

Tickets for Saturday's game are still available and there is expected to be another big crowd at The City Ground.

Full ticket information can be found here.

Coverage

iFollow Forest will be broadcasting this fixture live for international subscribers to watch every kick, while audio commentary will also be available from 2.30pm.

You can also follow the game live in the Match Centre and via the club's official social media channels.

Other fixtures

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

Burton v Birmingham (Friday, 7.45pm)

Sheffield United v Barnsley (12.15pm)

Aston Villa v Norwich

Bolton v Derby

Bristol City v Millwall

Fulham v Sheffield Wednesday

Ipswich v Brentford

Preston v Reading

QPR v Hull

Wolves v Cardiff

Sunderland v Leeds (5.30pm)

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Match Reports

Forest 2-1 Middlesbrough

19 August 2017

Goals from Barrie McKay and Daryl Murphy earned Nottingham Forest a 2-1 win against Middlesbrough in an entertaining game at The City Ground.

McKay and Murphy, from the penalty spot, struck either side of half time before Ben Gibson set up a nervy ending with his late goal but Forest held out for the three points.

Mark Warburton made one change from the side that lost out to Barnsley on Tuesday night, with Armand Traore coming into the side in place of Michael Mancienne and Matt Mills taking on the captain's duties.

Forest started on the front foot and the first chance fell onto the head of Joe Worrall. The centre back, still in search of his first Reds goal, rose highest following a cross from Ben Osborn but saw his effort saved by Darren Randolph in the Boro goal.

The visitors had a sniff of goal on six minutes as Tendayi Darikwa's pass was closed down, with the ball falling into the path of Jonny Howson in front of the Forest goal. But Jordan Smith was quick off his line to smother at the feet of the former Norwich man and keep the scores level.

On 16 minutes though Forest broke the deadlock with a well-worked goal from McKay. Kieran Dowell turned well in the middle of the park and played a sublime ball through which McKay latched onto. The Scotsman then calmly rounded the onrushing Randolph and slotted into the back of the net.

The Reds looked good value for their lead and were confident in possession, moving the ball around well particularly in the final third. Bouchalakis fired narrowly over the bar on 21 and then Daryl Murphy was denied by a stunning last-ditch tackle by Dael Fry on 38.

As the first half came to a close, the visitors came into the game more and Britt Assombalonga had his first sight of goal on 43. A ball was played over the top of the Forest defence and the forward raced through on goal only to scuff his effort wide, then two minutes later Smith tipped Patrick Bamford's placed effort wide of the post.

The introduction of Adama Traore added plenty of pace into the Boro attack and he caused problems straight away, racing through on goal on 47 only to be denied by a brilliant tackle by Joe Worrall.

Two chances inside a minute then fell to former Forest striker Assombalonga as he latched onto two flick-ons by Rudy Gestede. Firstly, the forward was denied by a smart save by Smith at the striker's feet and secondly in a similar position he slashed his effort horribly wide.

It was an entertaining game and Forest doubled their lead from the penalty spot on 79 minutes. Dowell chipped a ball into the box for sub Ben Brereton but he was bundled over by Gibson in the area and Murphy stepped up confidently to fire into the bottom corner past the dive of Randolph.

Boro hit back straight away though as Dael Fry kept a corner alive at the back post by heading it back into the penalty area and captain Gibson was on hand to lash into the roof of the net despite the best efforts of Tendayi Darikwa on the line on 83.

The visitors pushed forward and launched balls into the box, with Gestede going close with a headed effort before Assombalonga had an effort ruled out for offside as he tapped home at the back post.

The Reds were able to hold out though for a well-deserved three points against a strong Middlesbrough side.

Forest: Smith, Darikwa, Mills (c), Worrall, Traore (Lichaj 77'), Vaughan (Brereton 37'), Bouchalakis, Osborn, McKay (Mancienne 65'), Dowell, Murphy

Unused subs: Evtimov, Clough, Carayol, Cummings

Goals: McKay 16', Murphy pen 79'

Bookings: Darikwa 15', Traore 18'

Middlesbrough: Randolph, Christie, Fry, Gibson (c), Friend, Clayton (Fletcher 77'), Howson, Forshaw (Traore 46'), Bamford (Baker 62'), Gestede, Assombalonga

Unused subs: Konstantopoulos, Fabio, Leadbitter, Roberts

Goal: Gibson 83'

Bookings: Clayton 39', Fry 63', Assombalonga 76', Gibson 89'

Attendance: 26,265 (Away 1,982)

Referee: Graham Scott

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Ticket News

Get best-price Boro tickets before midnight

18 August 2017

Tickets for Nottingham Forest’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Middlesbrough are selling well with The City Ground set for another big attendance.

The Reds take on recently-relegated Boro on Saturday 19 August (kick-off 3pm) at The City Ground in the fourth league game of the season.

Forest fans have been encouraged by Mark Warburton's side winning their opening three games of the season and have moved quickly to snap up tickets for the match with Garry Monk's side.

With Middlesbrough selling out their allocation within 20 minutes, it is set to be another lively atmosphere at The City Ground for the first home Saturday afternoon game of the season.

Tickets are priced (matchday rates in brackets) as follows:

General sale

Adults - £26 (£28)
65 years and above - £18 (£20)
12-17 years - £14 (£14)
4-11 years - £7 (£7)

Family Area

Adults - £21 (£23)
65 years and above - £16 (£18)
12-17 years - £12 (£12)
4-11 years - £6 (£6)

Tickets are available to purchase in-person at the Forest ticket office, by calling 0115 982 4388 or by visiting tickets.nottinghamforest.co.uk.

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