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‘Possibly the only positive’ – Many Nottingham Forest fans react to player’s display in Middlesbrough defeat

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Nottingham Forest’s nine-match unbeaten run came to an end yesterday as they fell to a 2-0 defeat to fellow play-off hopefuls Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium yesterday.

Although Boro’s quality shone through, making full use of their home advantage and utilising the atmosphere to their benefit, the visitors proved to be the masters of their own downfall as they went 1-0 down through Ryan Yates’ misplaced back-pass in the 17th minute.

Previously look as though he would deal with Brice Samba’s short pass with relative ease, the midfielder seemingly wilted under the pressure from the hosts’ press and that proved to be a vital moment in the game as they went into the break 1-0 down.

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A promising spell at the start of the second half gave them the platform to pick up another good result away from home after their 4-1 hammering of Swansea City earlier this month, but they were unable to capitalise on this momentum and were punished midway through the second half as Andraz Sporar fired the ball home to leave the Reds empty-handed.

One positive that did come from the game though was Xande Silva, only featuring once for Cooper’s men since his move from West Ham United in the summer prior to this match, but made a rare appearance on the bench at the Riverside and even managed to get on for half an hour.

The 24-year-old very nearly opened his account for the second-tier side, seeing his shot come off against the post as he was unable to get his side back in the game just before the 90-minute mark.

With the attacker making a rare appearance, we had a look at how a selection of Forest fans reacted to his performance on Twitter.


A 21-year-old Reading FC fan and writer who graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in the summer with a degree in Journalism and Media Production. Other topics written about include politics, mental health and education.

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