Boro entertain Nottingham Forest at the Riverside tomorrow. Here’s a look back on six memorable goals against our opponents.
Jelle Vossen scored nine goals for Boro during his loan spell in the 2014/15 season, and his strike against Forest was one of the most eye-catching.
After neat link-up play between Patrick Bamford and Adam Reach, the ball fell to Vossen outside the box, who cracked home to notch his fourth goal of the season in the 3-0 win.
In the previous season, Mustapha Carayol finished off a great Boro counter attack, where Albert Adomah took the ball into Nottingham territory and picked out Carayol, who curled in a great strike.
Carayol went on to join Forest in 2016 from Boro following loan spells with Brighton, Huddersfield Town and Leeds United, and made the switch to Ipswich Town on January transfer deadline day.
Juninho bagged his first goal of his second season with Boro against Nottingham away at the City Ground in August 1996.
The Little Fella as he was dubbed during his three spells got his goal scoring for that campaign underway with a first-time strike on the edge of the area, which cancelled out Stuart Pearce’s free kick for Forest.
Two late goals from Bernie Slaven and Peter Davenport almost saw Boro comeback to defeat Nottingham back in 1989, who claimed a 4-3 win at Ayresome Park.
Davenport, who made over 100 appearances for Forest, flicked the ball up and lashed home a volley into the bottom left corner.
Boro were unable to find an equaliser against Brian Clough’s Forest, who lifted the League Cup and Full Members’ Cup that season.
Brian Deane popped up with the winner for Boro at the City Ground in 1999 in a 2-1 victory over Nottingham.
Mark Schwarzer punted the ball deep down field and a mistake in defence was swooped on by Deane, finding the top left corner.
Deane made 79 appearances during his three-year stint on Teesside, finding the back of the net on 19 occasions.
George Friend has been no stranger to an eye-catching left-footed strike having picked one out against Queens Park Rangers in January this year, and his strike against Saturday’s opponents wasn’t going to be stopped by Karl Darlow.
Captain Grant Leadbitter teed up the left back, who did the rest from 18 yards out.