The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

IF Mid­dles­brough are to go up this is ex­actly the type of re­sult and per­for­mance that will send them to the top flight.

Any ap­pre­hen­sion that comes with a tricky lunchtime trip to the City Ground was quickly dis- pelled when David Nu­gent scored on three min­utes.

And though For­est quickly hit back, man of the mo­ment Daniel Ayala re­stored their ad­van­tage with what proved to be the win­ner be­fore half­time.

This vic­tory for Boro was their fourth in a row, it leaves them on Brighton’s coat-tails and will merely fuel the flames of op­ti­mism at the River­side Sta­dium.

The jury is still out on For­est this term, but they will take heart from the fact they will prob­a­bly play far worse this sea­son and win.

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