Middlesbrough FC news: Nottingham Forest man makes admission, Tottenham ticket incentive plus Swansea blow

Nottingham Forest midfielder Ryan Yates has admitted he was ‘devastated’ after his side squandered a 1-0 lead at home to Middlesbrough on Tuesday night.

Thursday, 12th December 2019, 6:00 am
Updated Thursday, 12th December 2019, 6:10 am
Nottingham Forest midfielder Ryan Yates scored the opening goal against Middlesbrough.
Nottingham Forest midfielder Ryan Yates scored the opening goal against Middlesbrough.

Sabri Lamouchi’s side dominated possession at the City Ground before Yates headed the hosts ahead on 63 minutes.

Forest weren’t able to capitalise, though, after Paddy McNair’s penalty nine minutes from time savaged a point for the Teessiders.

“We are all devastated as we need to be winning games at home,” Yates told Forest’s official website after the game.

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“I thought we dominated until we scored, then we seemed to take our foot off the gas and we stopped doing the things that was getting us the chances in the first place.

“It might be down to a change in mentality, when you go 1-0 up you think that you have to protect the lead. Whereas I think, especially at home, we need to put teams to the sword and make it two or three and kill the game.”

Swansea City blow

Next up for Boro is a trip to Swansea on Saturday, yet Steve Cooper’s side will have to cope without suspended midfielder Tom Carroll.

In truth the 27-year-old hasn’t played a huge part this season and has struggled with injuries since returning from a loan spell at Aston Villa last term.

And Carroll suffered a further blow when he was sent off for two bookings in Swansea’s 1-1 draw at home to Blackburn on Wednesday night.

The Swans are now winless in six games and have dropped to 11th in the Championship ahead of their meeting with Boro.

Tottenham ticket details

Finally, Boro have slashed ticket prices for next month’s FA Cup third-round meeting with Tottenham at the Riverside.

The game against Spurs will take place on Sunday, January 5 (2.01pm kick-off) and will be shown live on BT Sport.

Tickets will go on sale to season card holders from 12noon on Thursday, December 12 and are priced at £15 for adults, £10 for over-65s and £5 for under-18s.

Tickets will go on general sale from 9am on Friday, December 20 and are priced at £20 for adults, £15 for over-65 and £10 for under-18s.