Middlesbrough boss furious as Stoke City are dealt lifeline in relegation battle


Middlesbrough boss Jonathan Woodgate was left fuming with officials on Monday night after Nottingham Forest’s late equaliser saw them drop two points at the Riverside.

Lewis Grabban’s last-gasp equaliser denied Boro what would have been an incredible 2-1 win and their first victory since New Years’ Day.

And the goal came in controversial fashion as Forest’s goalscorer held off Boro ‘keeper Aynsley Pears to flick the ball into the empty net.

Victory for Woodgate’s side would have lifted them out of the bottom three, dropping Stoke City into the danger zone.

“Nine out of ten times that gets given [as a penalty],” Woodgate told Sky Sports.

“The referee did not make the right decision, but it is what it is and we have to move on from it.

“We deserved to win the game and I have told the players that in the dressing room. I have to remain positive to my players.”

The wait for a win goes on for Woogate’s side have now gone eleven games without tasting victory.

He continued: “We need to get that win. We have got to win as many as we can and we have to do that against Charlton on Saturday.

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“The other teams are on runs, but they wont last forever. Those runs just will not last forever.

“All of our games are big games, but like I say we have Swansea, QPR, Sheffield Wednesday and Cardiff [still to play]. We have other big games as well.

“I will stay positive and I will keep them believing what they are doing.”





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