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Match preview: Middlesbrough vs Forest

5 October 2018

Nottingham Forest make the trip north to take on Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship tomorrow afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds will be looking to return to winning ways after back-to-back 2-2 draws, and to do so they will need to pick up their first three points on the road this season.

Middlesbrough have made a strong start to the season, however, and will provide a tough test for Aitor Karanka's side.

Team news

Hillal Soudani returned to training this week for The Reds and could be involved for the first time since the end of August. 

Diogo Goncalves serves the final game of his suspension and Aitor Karanka could be tempted into making some changes following the midweek performance against Millwall.

From the Forest camp

The Middlesbrough view

Boro boss Tony Pulis is looking forward to testing himself against Aitor Karanka's Reds. 

He said: "We're playing against a decent team, Forest are a good side with some good players. Aitor (Karanka) has changed a few things around there and he'll be determined to come here and get a result.

"I'm looking forward to it. If you look at the Championship now, there's not many teams close to the top six. The league will ebb and flow between now and the end of the season. We know it's going to be a tough game."

One to watch - Britt Assombalonga

A player who needs little introduction to Forest supporters, Britt Assombalonga is expected to lead the Boro frontline on Saturday afternoon.

The 25-year-old has hit four goals this season to be Middlesbrough's top scorer and he will be the one to watch out for at the Riverside Stadium.

Head to head

Forest wins - 27
Middlesbrough wins - 24
Draws - 32

Last time out - Middlesbrough 2-0 Forest (Saturday 7th April, 2018 - Sky Bet Championship)


Tickets can be purchased on arrival at the Riverside Stadium from the visitors' centre, cash only, with no price increase on the day. Supporters who have pre-booked tickets will also be able to collect from the visitors' centre. 

Full ticket information can be found here.


There will be a live broadcast of the match on iFollow Forest for international subscribers, while audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham will also be available.

Full coverage of the game will also be 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:

Leeds vs Brentford (12.30pm)
Birmingham vs Rotherham
Millwall vs Aston Villa
Norwich vs Stoke
Preston vs Wigan
QPR vs Derby
Sheffield United vs Hull
Swansea vs Ipswich
West Brom vs Reading
Bolton vs Blackburn (5.30pm)
Bristol City vs Sheffield Wednesday (Sunday, 1.30pm)

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Match Reports

Middlesbrough 0-2 Forest

6 October 2018

Nottingham Forest produced an outstanding display to run out 2-0 winners against Middlesbrough this afternoon and pick up their first away win of the season.

Goals from Joe Lolley and Lewis Grabban saw Forest come out on top against one of the league's early pace-setters with a fully deserved victory at the Riverside Stadium.

Forest started the game in a positive manner with Joe Lolley at the centre of things going forward. His jinking run after 11 minutes set up Jack Colback for a strike at goal which sailed over the crossbar and on 20 minutes Lolley was at it again, twisting and turning past five players before seeing his effort saved by Darren Randolph.

Michael Dawson was replaced just after the half-hour mark following a hefty challenge from George Friend which went unpunished, despite leaving The Reds defender stricken on the floor, with Tobias Figueiredo coming on in his place.

Just before half-time Forest almost found the opener that their good play deserved as Gil Dias led a solo counter attack, skipping away from a Mo Besic tackle before being cynically hauled down by Daniel Ayala on the edge of the box. Joao Carvalho stepped up to take the free kick but he couldn't replicate his effort from midweek as it crashed into the side netting.

Forest came out of the blocks at the start of the second half and found the opening goal in spectacular fashion on 50 minutes. Daryl Murphy latched onto the ball in the centre circle and drove forwards, playing it wide for Lolley who fired an unstoppable effort into the roof of the net to send the away end into euphoria.

It was almost two just after the hour mark as Lolley once again got an effort in on goal, volleying at the back post but Randolph saved well, and The Reds were indebted to a fine save from Costel Pantilimon on 68.

Former Forest man Britt Assombalonga, on as a sub on the hour, was played through on goal but his effort lacked conviction and Pantilimon got down well to save.

With 20 minutes to go, Lewis Grabban came off the bench to replace Murphy and it porved to be a crucial move as he netted the crucial second goal just six mintues later. Lolley was once again involved as he played a teasing ball across the face of goal for Grabban to prod home much to the delight of the travelling 1,409 Forest fans.

Jack Robinson was shown his marching orders for a second yellow card with 10 minutes left on the clock, but it had little impact on the remaining minutes as the Forest defence stood firm to claim a fantastic victory in the North East.

Forest: Pantilimon, Darikwa, Dawson (Figueiredo 37'), Fox, Robinson, Colback, Watson (c), Dias, Carvalho (Osborn 83'), Lolley, Murphy (Grabban 72')

Unused subs: Steele, Guedioura, Cash, Janko

Goals: Lolley 50', Grabban 78'

Bookings: Lolley 25', Robinson 54'

Sent off: Robinson 80'

Middlesbrough: Randolph, Shotton, Ayala, Flint, Friend (c), Besic (Clayton 60'), Saville, Howson, Downing, Hugill (Assombalonga 60'), Braithwaite (Gestede 60')

Unused subs: Dimi, Batth, McQueen, McNair

Bookings: Shotton 38', Ayala 43'

Referee: John Brooks

Attendance: 24,299 (away 1,409)

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Ticket News

Pay on the day at Middlesbrough

6 October 2018

Nottingham Forest supporters can purchase tickets on arrival at the Riverside Stadium for today's game against Middlesbrough.

Forest travel to take on Tony Pulis's side (kick-off 3pm) and the club have received an initial allocation of 1,385 seat tickets located in the corner of the East Stand.
Tickets can be purchased on arrival from the visitors' centre, cash only, with no price increase on the day. Supporters who have pre-booked tickets will also be able to collect from the visitors' centre.
Tickets for this fixture are priced as follows:
Adults: £30
Seniors (Over 65s): £20
Under 18s: £17

Supporters who are allocated tickets in Block 46 are advised that supporters must remain seated during the game as these seats are directly in front of the wheelchair deck. These seats are ideal for families and supporters with mobility issues and persistent standing may result in ejection from the stadium.

Disabled supporters

Supporters who have registered a disability with Nottingham Forest and who are receiving any rate of care or mobility can claim their tickets either over the phone or in-person at the ticket office.

There are 12 pairs of tickets available for wheelchair supporters and carers.

Official coach travel
Official coach travel is priced at £20 and will depart the Brian Clough Stand at 10.30am.
Middlesbrough advise that any group leader arranging coaches or minibuses should book parking in advance. This can be pre-booked by calling 01642 929421 and discounted prices are £15 per coach and £10 per minibus.

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