Boro climbed up to fifth in the Championship after beating Nottingham Forest on Saturday. Here's how the media viewed the Riverside success...
The pink haired Lyle Taylor was introduced late on for Nottingham Forest but it was Boro substitute Marvin Johnson who lit this game up.
For the second time in a week at the Riverside, patience paid for Boro.
For the second time in a week, they knocked, knocked and knocked again and got the reward they deserved.
Again, the clock had ticked past 80 minutes, but again Boro kept believing, finally forcing their way through thanks to the brilliance of George Saville, who delivered an inch perfect cross for Johnson to slot home with his first touch of the game.
Forest can have no complaints. They didn't come to the Riverside to sit deep and frustrate like Coventry. With the quality of the attack at Chris Hughton's disposal, why would you? Their Riverside disappointment wasn't a result of a lack of ambition, rather an inability to create anything meaningful against rock solid Boro.
No Dael Fry, no problem. In came Nathan Wood for his first Championship start. Not that you'd have guessed. He was absolutely immaculate alongside Paddy McNair
NEIL WARNOCK praised teenage centre-half Nathan Wood after the Middlesbrough youngster’s first Championship start ended in a 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest.
Wood, an 18-year-old product of Middlesbrough’s academy who is the son of former Boro full-back Dean Gordon, replaced illness victim Dael Fry as Warnock’s side climbed into the play-off positions for the first time this season.
Playing alongside Paddy McNair at centre-half, Wood helped contain a Forest side that failed to record a single effort on target, with Warnock having been hugely impressed by his performance.
“He (Wood) knew he would be playing yesterday really. We went through a few things yesterday because I thought it was highly unlikely that Dael would be okay...
...We gave him a round of applause in the dressing room afterwards. It was his first full game, and he deserved it. He did really well. He made one great block when it looked as though the lad was going to pull the trigger. He slid in well, and I thought his all-round performance was great.”
Middlesbrough moved into the play-off positions in the Sky Bet Championship as Marvin Johnson's 81st-minute strike secured a 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest.
Johnson converted George Saville's cross with virtually his first touch after leaving the substitutes' bench as Neil Warnock's side continued the fine run of form that has seen them remain unbeaten since the opening weekend of the season.
Nottingham Forest failed to record a single effort on target as they slumped to their first defeat in five matches, with Middlesbrough's superiority apparent throughout.
(Marvin) Johnson had only been on the pitch a matter of seconds after replacing wing-back Hayden Coulson when he pounced with a vicious drive at the back post to expertly meet George Saville’s cross from the right.
This was a fourth clean sheet in five for Boro and moved them fifth - with Nathan Wood, 18, enjoying an impressive full debut after coming in as replacement for the sick Dael Fry late on.
Boss Neil Warnock said: “Don’t get carried away. We are on a decent points tally and it’s nice to go to Blackburn on Tuesday with three points in the bag.
“I said at half time it might take 80 minutes or it might take 90 but there is a goal there. I’m delighted.”
Neil Warnock says staying patient was the key to Middlesbrough's win over Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
Having scored two late goals in Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Coventry, Boro’s patience was rewarded again as Marvin Johnson claimed an 81st-minute winner to beat Forest.
Warnock’s side have not lost a league game since the opening weekend of the season, and the veteran boss felt their latest success was fully merited.
He said: "I thought we deserved it. I think Marcus (Bettenelli) only had one shot to save."