Middlesbrough continued their superb run of form to move into the play-off places after they produced one of the comfortable football scores in the Championship. The win was their fourth win in the last five games under Chris Wilder. They went ahead after an own goal from Ryan Yates before Andre Sporar sealed the three points in the 69th minute of the game.

Managers Reaction 

Middlesbrough’s Chris Wilder: “To get a result and performance was great for everybody. I’ve been here when it’s been full, watching, but never been involved at the coal face. It was fabulous. It was electric. I know we can’t replicate that all the time – obviously Boxing Day is a special day for everybody to come and watch football – but if we can carry on pulling the punters in with the way we play, then that will be great. What that does to the players is fabulous. It gives them the energy to keep going and allows them to dominate, as they did against a really good side. I think we did that, especially in the first half.”

Nottingham Forest’s Steve Cooper: “In terms of both the result and the performance we fell short today. In the first half especially, there were a number of reasons why we were second best. We still gave away a goal that you didn’t expect to, but the message at half-time was that as poor as we had been, it was still only 1-0.”

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