Northern Echo

WITH Storm Christoph battering the Midlands for most of yesterday afternoon, Neil Warnock had feared last night’s game at the City Ground would not take place. In the end, the rain abated before kick-off and it was Warnock’s players, rather than the elements, that were able to inflict considerable damage. Courtesy of arguably their most accomplished performance of the season, Middlesbrough blew an in-form Nottingham Forest away.

If Saturday’s lacklustre showing against Birmingham City had placed a question mark against Boro’s promotion credentials, this was a showing to suggest they are more than capable of remaining at the heart of the battle for at least a play-off place.

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Bouncebackability - a word Middlesbrough know well this season.

Inconsistency might have at times plagued their young squad at times this season, but the fact they've only lost consecutive league games once speaks volumes about their character and heart for the fight.

This latest recovery at Nottingham Forest - as Neil Warnock's side won at the City Ground - felt important.

We're in the second half of the season now and suddenly every point seems to really matter. It's difficult to say that the table is starting to take shape, because there is so much difference in the amount of games played by each team in a highly disrupted campaign.

But for Boro, who went into this game five points shy of the play-off places, this latest bounce back and three points at Forest were crucial - and impressive.

Yorkshire Post

Nottingham Forest’s seven-match unbeaten run was brought to a grinding halt as their former striker Britt Assombalonga helped Middlesbrough to a 2-1 win at the City Ground.

Middlesbrough spent £15m to sign the striker from Forest in the summer of 2017 and the forward came up with the goods as he put the visitors ahead with a calm finish early on. George Saville added the second five minutes into the second half to put Neil Warnock’s side in control.

Loic Mbe Soh headed home in the 93rd minute to make it 2-1 as he attacked a cross from fellow sub Joe Lolley. But there was still time for more drama as Yuri Ribeiro was sent off following a tussle with Saville.

Northern Echo (2)

A SATISFIED Neil Warnock was delighted to his Middlesbrough players put the effects of the club’s recent Covid outbreak behind them as they reignited their promotion push with a deserved 2-1 win at Nottingham Forest.

The Teessiders did not look themselves as they limped to a 1-0 home defeat to Birmingham City at the weekend, a game that marked their first outing since Rockliffe Park was reopened after a series of positive coronavirus tests.

A number of other clubs have taken weeks to shake off the after-effects of such a major outbreak, but last night’s dominant display at the City Ground suggests Boro have quickly got themselves back on track.

Goals from Britt Assombalonga and George Saville were no more than Boro deserved as they produced an accomplished all-round display, and while Forest substitute Loic Mbe Soh netted in stoppage time, the visitors held on to move back to within one place of the play-off places.


Neil Warnock masterminded a sixth successive Championship victory over Nottingham Forest as former Reds striker Britt Assombalonga set Middlesbrough on their way to three points at the City Ground.

Assombalonga put Boro ahead from close range, finding the net with a low, first-time finish from Jonny Howson's pass.

The visitors doubled their lead on the counter-attack soon after the break when George Saville calmly slipped the ball past keeper Brice Samba as he raced through one-on-one.

Forest finally rallied late on, scoring with their first attempt on target when Loic Mbe Soh headed in his first senior goal from Joe Lolley's delightful cross.