A well-deserved win at Forest
On a cold, wet night it wouldn’t have been easy, but Middlesbrough managed to ‘Weather the storm’ and win 2-1 at the City Ground.
Assombalonga put away Middlesbrough’s first goal of the evening with a brilliant assist from Jonny Howson. This is the best goal I have seen Assombalonga put away in a long time, and debatably the best I had seen him play this season.
Warnock commented on Britt’s performance during the game, and also on Jonny’s, saying:
“When Britt's like that, he's as good as anything. I just wish he'd do that every week.
"We were at it from the first minute, I knew we'd be all right. We never took our foot off the pedal. That's lovely to see.
“I'd give Jonny Howson 11 out of 10 for his performance."
Not long after, we popped another one in. George Saville easily slipping the ball past Forest keeper, Brice Samba, in a head-to-head challenge and into the back of the net.
However, after a good run in the first and nearly all of the second half, it was unfortunate when in the 93rd minute Loic Mbe Soh passed the ball past Bettinelli’s hands and into the bottom left corner.
In reality, this was just a silly little consolation goal for Nottingham Forest.
Yuri Riberio, Forrest’s left-back, played a dirty game throughout and was finally dismissed with a red card in the 97th minute – which should have been done a lot earlier than a minute before the whistle blew!
Nevertheless, when it came to the 98th minute Middlesbrough still took home the 3 points and sit in 7th – just below the playoff positions.
Personally, I think that a few more goals should have been scored in the game, with Middlesbrough having 4 shots on target throughout the whole of the 98 minutes.
Even Warnock knows the dance here when he quoted in a post-match interview: “The only disappointment was not scoring more goals.”
Boro look forward to Blackburn at home on Sunday, who sit 12th in the table. Blackburn have not had a win since the beginning of January, with a loss and a draw their past two games.
If Boro can play how they did on Wednesday, then we should hopefully gain another 3 points to add to the table and hopefully start up another winning streak.