Nottingham Forest’s 2-1 win against Middlesbrough was thoroughly deserved according to manager Mark Warburton as The Reds triumphed at The City Ground.
Goals from Barrie McKay and Daryl Murphy helped Forest to victory and Warburton was pleased with the performance against a much-fancied Boro side.
He said: "It was a great game. I thought in the first half we were tremendous and deserved our lead with a well-taken goal. They are a strong team and I thought overall it was a tremendous performance.
"We maintained intensity and moved the ball quickly. They keep their shape well and we were trying to move them from side to side and I thought we did that really well. We maintained our width, looked dangerous going forward and deserved our half-time lead.
"They have some real physicality and you have to deal with it. They were brave and committed men forward and it is a big three points for us. They are one of the favoured teams but I think we showed how good we can be.
"We had to stand up. They are a good team and they really committed bodies forward. We had to stand up and the players did that and it is three valuable points today."