Nottingham Forest will be looking to make it two home wins in four days when they host Middlesbrough at The City Ground on Tuesday night (kick-off 7.45pm).Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Barnsley put The Reds back on track in the Sky Bet Championship, and they will be hoping to make it six home wins out of six against the Teessiders.
Forest have a good recent home record against the North East club at The City Ground. They haven’t lost to them on Trentside since March 1999 when Boro won 2-1 in a Premier League encounter.
Manager Billy Davies should again have a fully fit squad to choose from for the visit of Middlesbrough.
Simon Cox played 77 minutes on Saturday as he started his first league match since the opening day win over Huddersfield. Darius Henderson also returned from injury, netting the winning goal against The Tykes.
New Middlesbrough signings Kei Kamara and Jacob Butterfield both made their debuts in the weekend defeat at Ipswich and should be involved again tomorrow night.
Defender Frazer Richardson got through 90 minutes unscathed on his return from injury and, with no other knocks to report, boss Tony Mowbray should have the same squad to pick from.
The Reds got back to winning ways on Saturday after Henderson’s late winner handed them a 3-2 win over Barnsley at The City Ground.
That win fired The Reds up to third in the Sky Bet Championship table and kept them just three points behind the leaders Blackpool. It also means that Forest have won six out of eight matches in all competitions so far this season.
Blackburn (A) - Won 1-0
Bolton (H) – Won 3-0
Watford (A) – Drew 1-1
Millwall (H)* - Won 2-1
Wigan (A) – Lost 2-1
Barnsley (H) – Won 3-2
Saturday’s defeat at Ipswich means Middlesbrough will travel to The City Ground looking for their first win in five matches after a disappointing start to the season.
Three straight draws against Blackpool, Wigan and Sheffield Wednesday had left Mowbray bemoaning Boro’s lack of wins, and the result at Portman Road has only heightened the need for a result against Forest.
Accrington (H)* - Lost 2-1
Charlton (A) - Won 1-0
Blackpool (H) – Drew 1-1
Wigan (A) – Drew 2-2
Sheffield Wednesday (H) – Drew 1-1
Ipswich (A) – Lost 3-1
* Capital One Cup
Down The Years
Forest wins over Middlesbrough: 24 (21 League, 1 FA Cup, 2 League Cup)
Middlesbrough wins over Forest: 21 (19 League, 2 FA Cup)
Draws: 30 (28 League, 2 FA Cup)
In the last meeting between the two sides, Mustapha Carayol’s first-half strike gave Boro a slender win over Forest at The Riverside Stadium, leaving The Reds a point off the playoffs with only three games to play.
The last time the teams met at The City Ground was in November 2012 when Middlesbrough held onto a goalless draw. Adlene Guedioura, Chris Cohen and Billy Sharp all had goalscoring opportunities but couldn’t make the breakthrough.
The stalemate helped Forest recover from their 4-1 home defeat to Millwall which had occurred just three days before.
He Played For Both
Brian Laws played over 100 games for his local club Middlesbrough between 1985 and 1988 and as a versatile right back helped Middlesbrough to secure successive promotions as they reached the old First Division.
He moved to Forest from Middlesbrough in 1988 and went on to make 147 appearances for The Reds during a six-year stay, winning the League Cup twice before switching to Grimsby Town in 1994.
Laws has managed Sheffield Wednesday and Burnley and is currently in his third spell in charge of League Two side Scunthorpe United.
Referee: Phil Dowd
Assistant Referees: Scott Ledger and Marc Perry
Fourth Official: Michael Dean
Forest are the clear favourites to beat Middlesbrough and can be backed at 4/5, with the draw priced at 5/2.
Check out all of the latest odds on Sky Bet.
(All odds correct at time of publishing)
The official matchday magazine is available to buy and download for Tuesday’s meeting with Middlesbrough.
In this edition, priced £3, Fawaz Al Hasawi and Billy Davies look back at our win over Barnsley, Jonathan Greening talks about meeting his former club while Andy Reid gives his thoughts on his international future.
Forest fans are reminded that they can download the official matchday magazine to their iPad. Perfect for supporters who are unable to attend the game, the download can be accessed via this app from 6.45pm onwards on Tuesday.
Hard copies will be available from all the usual outlets around The City Ground.
Follow The Game
Live audio commentary will be available on Forest Player, as well as free live text commentary on www.nottinghamforest.co.uk.
Forest Player will also have extended match highlights from 12pm on Wednesday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.
Tickets for the match (Tuesday 17 September, kick-off 7.45pm) are on general sale and can be bought online at www.nffcretail.com, in store at the Ticket Office or by calling 0871 226 1980 (calls cost 10p per minute, mobile rates may vary). NFFC Members can also claim a £10 discount on their match ticket.