Nottingham Forest once again got into the festive spirit a little too early on Tuesday when gifting Middlesbrough a point in a 1-1 draw at the City Ground.

Ryan Yates appeared to have secured a place on the nice list for the Reds.

Jack Robinson ensured they would end the game back on the naughty one.

Holding on wasn’t really part of the thought process heading into the final 10 minutes.

Forest had once again dominated proceedings on home soil.

Again, as was the case against Cardiff, they were left with little to show for their efforts.

Certainly less than they had hoped for and should have collected.

Two points were let slip against Millwall last time out.


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History repeated itself four days later back on the banks of the Trent.

There was plenty of huff and puff once more, but blowing down the door remains a problem.

Stray passes, wayward cross and countless corners which came to nothing delivered an all too familiar script against Boro.

Yates’ effort just past the hour mark should have changed that.

Forest had found a way through, which they were unable to do against Cardiff, and boasted a defensive record to suggest that another narrow win should be a formality.

Robinson conspired to ensure that wasn’t the case.

A clumsy challenge allowed Paddy McNair to restore parity from the penalty spot.

Jonathan Woodgate must have been thanking his lucky stars on the touchline.

It has to be said that Forest have snatched a few points on the road this season that they did little to earn, but this hurt.



And it was so avoidable.

The lack of cutting edge is a concern – one which could become a major problem.

The Reds saw over 60 per cent of the ball again versus Boro, but didn’t really do that much with it.

Yes, there was plenty of probing.

Yates hit the bar before finding the back of the net.

But a game which should have been taken by the scruff of the neck was rather given a tame tapping down.

It wasn’t a defeat, but it felt a bit like one.

The points all add up, and another is on the board, but allowing too many to slip the net will come back to bite you eventually.

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