Middlesbrough can chop down Nottingham Forest

WE ARE DOING OK AWAY: Middlesbrough's manager Tony Mowbray
WE ARE DOING OK AWAY: Middlesbrough's manager Tony Mowbray

MIDDLESBROUGH manager Tony Mowbray feels his side can give Championship high-fliers Nottingham Forest a tough test at the City Ground tonight.

Forest are third in the table and look set for a prolonged challenge for promotion this season.

It’s where Boro – who lost 3-1 at Ipswich on Saturday – would want to be, but they need to start winning games to climb up the table.

“Our away form hasn’t been too bad so far this season,” said Mowbray.

“We’ve had three away games this season and we’ve won one, drawn one and lost one. We’ve had four points from three away games, that’s okay in this league.

“There are no easy games, but I felt we could go to Ipswich and win. Winning and losing games is part and parcel of football. The good thing it we’ve got another opportunity to put it right.”

Albert Adomah gave Boro an early lead at Portman Road with a spectacular volley but the hosts hit back to record a comfortable win in the end.

The result left Boro in 16th place on just six points after the same number of league games.

“I thought for 20 minutes we played some pretty decent football and we got ourselves in front, deservedly,” said the Boro boss. “Ipswich do the basics of the game pretty well. They close the game down, they get the ball forward, they ask questions of you defensively and I think we fell a bit short defending.

“Lessons will be learned for us – of playing the ball forward more, especially against a team that is so good at pressing the ball.

“We need to recognise when teams are so good out of possession and adjust our game accordingly. We didn’t ask enough questions of their keeper second half, we didn’t work their keeper enough. Moving forward I would hope to be better.

“We’ve had a very open discussion – there’s a balance between keeping the ball and putting the ball into the box. I think they understand that.”

Jozsef Varga, who missed Saturday’s clash with Ipswich due to a hip injury, remains a doubt.