Simon Cox scores the only goal. Enrique Kike misses chances at the end of either half as Middlesbrough enjoyed complete domination. Adkins:
We had 16 players unavailable going into the game so it’s a great result. It was a super goal from Simon Cox.That gave us something to hold on to and [Adam] Federici has not really had many saves to make.The young side we have got have come away from home against an excellent side and got a great result. We had seven academy players on the field to finish off.
Michail Antonio heads in the first goal in the 17th minute to put Forest ahead and that is all for the first half. Antonio prods in the second in the 47th and Matty Fryatt’s header makes it three six minutes later. Britt Asombalonga seals the win in the 64th minute with a notch from close range. Pearce:
The most important thing for me is not the result, it is how quickly the new faces have settled into the team.I have to give credit to all the players who were already here, for making them feel welcome. But the new lads have settled in really, really well. It is the most pleasing thing for me about the start. You expect it to take time for a new player to fit into the squad. But the new signings have really hit the ground running.