Middlesbrough winger Marcus Browne believed Nottingham Forest players targeted Marcus Tavernier during last night’s game.

The away side left the City Ground with all three points after a 2-1 win over Chris Hughton’s team.

Counterpart Neil Warnock got his tactics typically spot on and once again one of his teams got the edge on Forest.

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Browne hasn’t been called upon too often by Warnock this season, starting just once in the Championship.

He will now miss several months with a knee injury sustained in the FA Cup defeat at Brentford.

Browne Tweeted during the game that he felt Tavernier would need his ankle protectors on as Forest would rough him up.

Tavernier caused Yuri Ribeiro all sorts of problems down Middlesbrough’s right-hand side.

He was a constant menace and produced some early moments of magic to bamboozle the Portuguese ace.

Browne is a little wide of the mark, however, with his comments on the basis that Forest didn’t really get to grips with the youngster all night.

Tavernier has been a mainstay in Warnock’s team this season, scoring three goals and registering four assists.


He has operated on either flank and in the No.10 role in Warnock’s team.

Tavernier highlights flaws

Browne is right to suggest that Tavernier would have been targeted by Forest – or he should have been.

The Boro academy graduate was a star on the night and showcased Forest are weak in the full-back areas.

It showcased that the Reds need to become more savvy when they come up against players of Tavernier’s nature.

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Warnock is a proven Championship boss and his teams are the masters at closing games out.

Here he oversaw a masterclass in seeing a game through and Boro were well worth their three points.

It isn’t always pretty when it comes to the Boro manager but given time, he typically takes his team to the Premier League.

In Tavernier, Boro have themselves a potential future star.

At 21 he is already dazzling Championship defenders and the Premier League surely beckons for the youngster.

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