Middlesbrough suffered their first defeat at The Riverside this season at the hands of Nottingham Forest, with former-boss Aitor Karanka getting the better of his previous employers in a 2-0 win.

Middlesbrough failed to take advantage of Leeds’ earlier result, as they drew 1-1 with Brentford; a win for Boro could’ve seen them go into first place for the first time this season. However, it wasn’t meant to be as goals from Joe Lolley and Lewis Grabban secured all three points for the away side.

Middlesbrough named an unchanged side from the team which beat Ipswich Town last weekend, with both Adam Clayton and Britt Assombalonga again on the bench.

Boro looked shaky from the off, and Forest had the majority of the chances early on in the game, with both Lolley and Joao Carvalho going close, before Middlesbrough’s first chance of the afternoon came when Martin Braithwaite’s shot deflected up onto the crossbar.

The sides went in level at half-time, but it was Forest who again started stronger, and it wasn’t long before Karanka’s side had their deserved goal. A quick break away move found Joe Lolley in the box, who fired into the top corner of the net leaving ‘keeper Darren Randolph no chance.

Tony Pulis’ side nearly got back into the game courtesy of a Forest mistake, when defender Tendayi Darikwa nearly smashed the ball into his own net, and with chances at a premium for the home side, Pulis decided to make a triple substitution with Assombalonga, Clayton and Rudy Gestede coming on hoping to make an impact.

But soon after the away side doubled their lead, when a drilled low cross was turned home by substitute Lewis Grabban, a goal which Boro will have seen as avoidable.

The drama wasn’t over there however, as with 10 minutes left on the clock, Jack Robinson saw red after attempting to deceive the referee when diving in the Boro box.

The game ended 2-0 to Nottingham Forest, with Karanka’s side ultimately dominating proceedings and putting Middlesbrough to the sword.


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