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Martin O’Neill hails “best performance of the season”

Martin O’Neill hailed Nottingham Forest‘s best performance of the season after they beat Sky Bet Championship play-off hopefuls Middlesbrough 3-0 at the City Ground. Joe Lolley grabbed a brace either side of Alexander Milosevic’s volley to give the hosts a resounding win. Forest’s margin of victory would have been greater but for a fine performance from Darren Randolph in the Boro goal, with man-of-the-match Joao Carvalho in inspired form. “What we as a side have to do now is try and win away from home,” said O’Neill, whose side came into the game on the back of four straight defeats which had ended their own play-off aspirations. “It’s a question of saying this is a performance where we were terrific, the best performance of the season...

Tony Pulis “delighted” with Ashley Fletcher form

Tony Pulis praised two-goal Ashley Fletcher as Middlesbrough defeated crisis club Bolton to bounce back into the Skybet Championship play-off picture. The one-time Bolton schoolboy prospect, an unused substitute in Saturday’s defeat at Swansea, struck twice in the first half to give Tony Pulis’ side a 2-0 victory – Boro’s first success in eight games. “You get criticised for not playing him on Saturday,” said Pulis after his team’s badly-needed return to form. “But he is a young lad who is still growing into his body. People say ‘he is a young lad, he can run round the whole time.’ This is a different level and you have to play the level to understand it. “He has got two goals tonight and hopefully he can carry it on. I have been ...

Lee Johnson “delighted” as Bristol City move into playoff places

Lee Johnson likened his Bristol City side to “young gunslingers” as they shot down Middlesbrough to climb into the Sky Bet Championship play-off positions. Adam Webster’s first-half header lifted City into fifth position in the table, with the 1-0 win at the Riverside following hot on the heels of Saturday’s victory over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. Having been on the fringe of the promotion race for much of the season, City are now at the heart of the battle for a place in the Premier League, and Johnson is delighted with the way in which his young side have risen to the challenge of competing in the upper echelons of the table. Johnson said: “I was delighted with the boys. We have a big respect for the club, their players and managers and we were like t...

Alex Neil feels for Tony Pulis over controversial Daniel Ayala dismissal

Alex Neil had sympathy for Middlesbrough counterpart Tony Pulis after a controversial sending-off helped Preston leave the Riverside Stadium with three points after a 2-1 win. Boro took the lead in the 32nd minute when Ashley Fletcher scored for the third home game in a row, and they wasted a flurry of chances after that to see the victory through. But for the second game inside five days, Middlesbrough allowed the lead to slip and ended up losing when Paul Gallagher’s 63rd minute free-kick was followed by Jayden Stockley’s header eight minutes from time. Gallagher’s leveller had stemmed from the red card Daniel Ayala was issued for a strong, last-ditch challenge on Brandon Barker when referee Keith Stroud deemed it was out of control despite winning the ball. Neil, whose side are two poin...

Thomas Frank responds to critics after Brentford secure rare away win

Thomas Frank believes Brentford silenced the critics who have labelled his team “weak” by securing a first win at Middlesbrough since 1938. The Bees won away from Griffin Park for just the second time during this Sky Bet Championship campaign by coming from behind to beat Boro 2-1 at the Riverside Stadium. Brentford moved to within six points of the play-off places after an own goal from Middlesbrough defender Ryan Shotton with 20 minutes remaining was followed by Said Benrahma’s winner three minutes later. Boro had taken a sixth-minute lead courtesy of Ashley Fletcher’s second league goal of the campaign. Bees boss Frank said: “Sometimes stats don’t tell the whole story. We knew it was coming and it would be nice to get a win against one of the big teams and this was like a big win. “It w...

Chris Wilder delighted with Sheffield United’s reaction against Middlesbrough

Chris Wilder was pleased with the reaction of his Sheffield United players as they beat Middlesbrough 1-0 a few days after their capitulation at Aston Villa thanks to substitute Richard Stearman’s first goal of the campaign. Last Friday, the Blades threw away a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3 at Villa Park but they bounced back with a hard-earned victory – which saw them close the gap on the top two to just two points – against their fellow promotion hopefuls, with Stearman heading home Oliver Norwood’s free-kick just past the hour mark. Boro’s woes were compounded three minutes later as Daniel Ayala’s rash challenge on Kieran Dowell led to a second booking and an early bath to leave Tony Pulis’ men up against it. “It’s been a really difficult couple of days,” admitted Wilder. “We felt we had to prod...

Marcelo Bielsa felt Leeds should have won at Middlesbrough

Marcelo Bielsa felt that Leeds created enough chances to win at Middlesbrough after a late goal from Kalvin Phillips snatched a 1-1 draw at the Riverside Stadium. Phillips was on hand in the six-yard box to head over the line in the 11th minute of added time after an incident in the visitors’ dugout in the latter stages of the game on Teesside. Leeds’ teenage winger Jack Clarke, who had been withdrawn at half-time, had to be taken to hospital after feeling unwell as he watched the second half. The game was stopped for seven minutes and led to referee Darren England asking for 12 extra minutes beyond the 90 when Middlesbrough led through Lewis Wing’s opener soon after half-time. And it was at the end of stoppage-time when Leeds midfielder Phillips was in the right place to head his side lev...

Day to remember for Newport as goalkeeper rushes off to birth of twins

Newport delivered an FA Cup giant-killing act against Middlesbrough before goalkeeper Joe Day sprinted off the Rodney Parade pitch to attend the birth of his twins. Second-half goals from Robbie Willmott and Padraig Amond secured County a fifth-round home tie with Premier League champions Manchester City on February 16. Day had missed the first game with Middlesbrough, a 1-1 draw at the Riverside, to be with his wife Lizzie, but the 28-year-old made himself available for the Rodney Parade replay. 👶👶 @NewportCounty goalkeeper Joe Day’s wife has been close to giving birth to twins for days. 🕤 Tonight, she went into labour during The Exiles’ 2-0 win over @Boro. 🏃 At the FT whistle, Joe raced straight down the tunnel to be with his wife. 💛 Good luck Joe and family! pic.twitter.com/...

Result: Newport beat Middlesbrough to set up FA Cup clash against Manchester City

Newport set up an FA Cup money-spinner against Manchester City by upsetting Middlesbrough 2-0 in their fourth-round replay. Robbie Willmott and Padraig Amond were the heroes as Sky Bet League Two minnows County – the lowest-ranked side in the last 16 – bridged a gap of 57 places between them and Championship side Middlesbrough on the league ladder. It was a thoroughly miserable evening for Tony Pulis, who was brought up just a few miles away from Rodney Parade. The giant killers have done it again! 🔥 Next up for @NewportCounty: @ManCity! pic.twitter.com/fWCPyPIjwX — The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) February 5, 2019 But the Boro boss can have no complaints as his side were second best in every department in joining a recent list of Rodney Parade cup casualties that also includes Leeds a...

Newport boss Flynn ‘not thinking about Man City one bit’ ahead of Boro replay

Newport manager Michael Flynn is refusing to consider the prospect of a lucrative FA Cup tie against Manchester City ahead of a fourth-round replay with Middlesbrough. A home tie with Pep Guardiola’s Premier League champions on February 16 is the prize for the winner of Tuesday’s replay at Rodney Parade. And Flynn had his own idiosyncratic way of describing why City are simply not on his agenda, referring to the popular Jim Bowen-hosted TV programme Bullseye of the 1980s and 1990s, where a speedboat was among the main prizes. “I am not thinking about Man City one bit, not a chance,” Flynn said. “This could end up like Bullseye – Bully’s special prize, look what you could have won! “You start getting carried away and you see the boat floating off, and you end up with a rubber dinghy.” Asked...

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