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Match preview: Middlesbrough vs Forest in association with Football Index

1 March 2020

Check out all you need to know ahead of Nottingham Forest's trip to Middlesbrough in the match preview, in association with Football Index.

Nottingham Forest will be looking to make it back-to-back away wins when they travel to Middlesbrough on Monday night (kick-off 7.45pm).

The Reds picked up a fine 1-0 win at Cardiff in midweek and a similar result will ensure they keep the pressure on the teams around them in the Championship table.

Middlesbrough have endured a tough season, finding themselves at the wrong end of the table and are currently winless in nine league games, a run that boss Jonathan Woodgate will be hoping to end in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

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Team news

Sabri Lamouchi is hopeful that Samba Sow could return to the side having missed the last two matches with a knee injury. The Forest head coach also confirmed that there are several players carrying slight knocks, including Lewis Grabban, Sammy Ameobi and Joe Lolley, but all are expected to feature.

Forest thoughts

Head to head

  Forest wins Draws Middlesbrough wins
League 26 31 22
FA Cup 1 2 2
League Cup 2 0 0
Total 29 33 24

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From the opposition

Middlesbrough manager Jonathan Woodgate says positivity is the key as he looks to steer his side away from relegation trouble.

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He said: "Everything is possible, but I don't envisage us going down. I envisage 11 games to go, 11 big games and I see us not going down. I see us climbing the table with victories. 

"We need to be positive and grind out results, get results and that is the biggest thing at the moment, can we get the wins. 

"Forest have done really well, from a solid base they have done fantastically well. We drew 1-1 down there, which I thought was a fair result. They deserve to be up there and challenging for promotion this season. 

"It will be similar to Leeds, but they don't play with the same intensity. Forest normally sit in and let you have possession of the ball, so it will be a different test." 

Tickets and travel

Tickets for the trip to Middlesbrough are on general sale. Full information can be found here

A guide for away supporters visiting the Riverside Stadium, provided by Middlesbrough, can be found here

Referee

Darren England will be the man in the middle at the Riverside Stadium on Monday night, taking charge of his fourth Forest game of the season.

He officiated the opening day defeat against West Brom, as well as the 1-0 victory over Derby County and the Carabao Cup defeat against Arsenal.

The fixture will be his 27th of the season, having shown 69 yellow cards and one red. 

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Coverage

The match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, therefore there will be no live feed of the game on iFollow Forest. Audio commentary, provided by BBC Radio Nottingham, will be available, however.

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

Other results

Hull 0-4 Leeds
Blackburn 2-2 Swansea
Cardiff 2-2 Brentford
Fulham 2-0 Preston
Huddersfield 4-0 Charlton
Luton 1-1 Stoke
Millwall 1-1 Bristol City
QPR 2-2 Birmingham
Reading 2-0 Barnsley
Sheffield Wednesday 1-3 Derby
West Brom 0-1 Wigan

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Match Reports

Middlesbrough 2-2 Forest

2 March 2020

A below-par Nottingham Forest earned a 2-2 draw at Middlesbrough as Lewis Grabban's late goal was enough to earn a share of the spoils in a scrappy encounter.

Ryan Yates struck just before the half-hour mark to put The Reds in front but to their credit, Boro fought back strongly and turned the game on its head before the interval with goals from Rudy Gestede and Lewis Wing.

It looked like Forest were about to slip to a disappointing defeat at the Riverside Stadium but Grabban produced a clever close-range finish for his 17th goal of the season to earn what could be a crucial point at the end of the campaign.

Sabri Lamouchi made one change from the 1-0 victory at Cardiff City last week as the injured Tiago Silva was replaced in the starting line-up by Alfa Semedo while John Bostock took a place on the bench.

Tobias Figueiredo had the clearest opportunity of the opening stages as the ball fell kindly to him just inside the Middlesbrough penalty area but the defender got his shot horribly wrong and it span well wide of Aynsley Pears' goal.

It had been a fairly tepid opening 29 minutes on Teesside with a lack of goalscoring chances for both sides but Yates was the man to break the deadlock. The midfielder picked the ball up on the edge of the box and drilled a low strike beyond Pears and into the corner of the net.

That goal seemed to stun Jonathan Woodgate's side into life and they almost found a response within a minute but Hayden Coulson's powerful drive flashed past Brice Samba's left-hand post and Wing had a decent opportunity soon after but his shot was superbly blocked by Figueiredo.

Gestede, Forest's nemesis for so many years, was the man to bring Boro level five minutes before the break. A free-kick to the back post was headed back across goal by Harold Moukoudi and Gestede arrived right on time to squeeze his header into the net from close range.

From looking fairly comfortable when they took the lead, Forest had been stunned and they found themselves behind at the break. Middlesbrough produced a swift counter-attack and it ended with Wing driving the ball beyond Samba despite the best efforts of The Reds' number one.

Forest were toiling as they tried to get level and Lamouchi made all three of his changes, bringing on Adama Diakhaby, Joao Carvalho and Bostock to try and get back into the game. The Reds had a couple of close-range chances as Figueiredo's header from a corner was blocked over the bar before Grabban poked a shot wide at the near post under pressure from Pears.

Resilience had been the key to so many of Forest's away games this season and so it was once again. Joe Lolley met Carvalho's corner on the edge of the area and as his effort span up into the air off a deflection, it fell to Grabban inside the six-yard box and with his back to goal, the striker delivered a clever finish to guide a spinning ball behind him and into the Middlesbrough net.

The Reds could even have won it in stoppage time but Diakhaby's firm strike was blocked away inside the penalty area and so the game ended level in the North East as Forest made it four games without defeat.

Forest: Samba; Cash, Worrall, Figueiredo, Ribeiro; Watson (c), Yates (Bostock 78'); Lolley, Semedo (Diakhaby 56'), Ameobi (Carvalho 69'); Grabban

Subs not used: Muric, Jenkinson, Dawson, Walker

Goals: Yates 29', Grabban 86'

Booking: Carvalho 90'

Middlesbrough: Pears; Howson (c), Shotton, Moukoudi, Johnson; Clayton, McNair, Wing (Saville 81'); Tavernier (Spence 87'), Coulson, Gestede

Subs not used: Mejias, Wood, Morrison, Nmecha, O'Neill

Goals: Gestede 40', Wing 44'

Booking: Shotton 75'

Referee: Darren England

Attendance: 18,884 (1,100 away)

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Ticket News

Pay-on-the-day available at Middlesbrough

2 March 2020

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's trip to Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship will be available on arrival at the Riverside Stadium.

Over 1,000 Forest supporters will be making the journey to the North East this evening (kick-off 7.45pm) and tickets will be available on matchday from the visitors' ticket office, just by the away turnstiles, with cash only from 6.30pm.

The club have an allocation of 1,296 reserved seat tickets located in the corner of the South and East Stands with tickets priced as follows:

Adults (18 to 64) - £30

Seniors (65+) - £20

Juniors (5 to 17) - £17

Forest supporters can also collect duplicates/pre-purchased tickets from the visitors' ticket office on arrival at the Riverside Stadium.

Official coach travel

Coach travel departs the Brian Clough Stand car park at 3.30pm and is priced at £23. Subject to availability, supporters can park their vehicles free of charge in the Brian Clough Stand car park.

All match tickets can be purchased by visiting tickets.nottinghamforest.co.uk or by visiting the ticket office in-person.

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