MIDDLESBROUGH’S unbeaten run came to an end as Nottingham Forest enjoyed victory on new manager Steve Cotterill’s City Ground debut.
A goal in either half sealed the triumph for the Midlanders as they climbed clear of the Championship drop zone.
Afterwards, Boro manager Tony Mowbray paid tribute to Forest’s performance, but also thought his own team were off the pace.
“That was below the standards we have set ourselves this year and we are disappointed. But credit to Forest they played well and deserved their victory,” he said.
“We’ve lost just twice in 23 or 24 games now so I can’t be too harsh. We have played exceptionally well at times this season, but here we were below par.
“Our two centre-halves and goalkeeper - Matthew Bates, Rhys Williams and Carl Ikeme - were a bit of a loss for us as they have played almost every minute of every game this season.
“But as I say, we were undoubtedly off the pace. Look at the stats, we were unbeaten this season before coming here.
“But credit to forest, they have got some good footballers and some talented individuals and deserved their result and victory.
“Whether it was because there was a new manager in I don’t know, or do they play like that every week? I guess they don’t, otherwise they wouldn’t be where they are in the table.”
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