Struggling Middlesbrough began life after Gordon Strachan with their fifth away defeat in a row as they slipped up against Nottingham Forest.
Strachan's stint as Boro boss ended on Monday but they began this game well, with Leroy Lita twice firing wide.
But Radoslaw Majewski curled against the bar for Forest and the home side took the lead after the break when Lewis McGugan's cross-shot sailed in.
Dele Adebola had a header saved as Forest finished the stronger team.
The win lifts Forest up to 13th in the Championship and extends their unbeaten home record in the league to 25 games.
They improved as the game went on, but Boro should have capitalised on their early dominance to go in front at the City Ground.
Forest keeper Lee Camp had to be alert to parry away Scott McDonald's shot, before he did well to get down to a stinging Lita drive.
Lita dragged across the face of goal and, after Dexter Blackstock missed the target from six yards for Forest, Lita missed an even better chance with the goal gaping after being teed up by Mickael Tavares.
But Forest improved and after Majewski's close shave with the woodwork they went ahead when McGugan was fouled down the left by Tavares and from the free-kick the Reds midfielder's wicked delivery flew into the top corner.
Jason Steele saved well from Adebola as Forest threatened to score a second and though Boro put some pressure on in the final stages, the hosts hung on for the three points.
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Tuesday, 19 October 2010
03 Bertrand yellow card
08 McGugan (Moussi 79)
28 Majewski (McGoldrick 83)
23 Blackstock (Adebola 71)
05 Wheater yellow card
10 Bailey (Miller 83)
37 Tavares (Smallwood 56)
15 Lita (Bennett 69)
Ref: TannerAtt: 22,115
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+4:05 The match has reached full-time.
90:00+3:11 Tony McMahon produces a cross, Lee Camp makes a save.
90:00+2:46 Effort on goal by David McGoldrick from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
90:00+0:03 Booking David Wheater booked.
88:47 Corner taken right-footed by Gary O'Neil to the near post, clearance by Chris Cohen.
85:30 Chris Cohen produces a cross, Dele Adebola takes a shot. Save by Jason Steele.
84:35 Corner taken left-footed by Chris Cohen from the right by-line, clearance made by David Wheater.
84:10 Substitution Lee Miller on for Nicky Bailey.
Correction - 82:10 Substitution Lee Miller replaces Nicky Bailey.
82:08 Substitution Radoslaw Majewski leaves the field to be replaced by David McGoldrick.
81:17 The assistant referee flags for offside against Radoslaw Majewski. Joe Bennett restarts play with the free kick.
80:53 Gary O'Neil crosses the ball, save by Lee Camp.
80:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Guy Moussi on Scott McDonald. Free kick taken by Richard Smallwood.
78:01 Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Anderson on Richard Smallwood. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Richard Smallwood,
save by Lee Camp.
78:01 Substitution Guy Moussi is brought on as a substitute for Lewis McGugan.
77:22 Gary O'Neil sends in a cross, Luke Chambers makes a clearance.
75:44 A cross is delivered by Chris Cohen, Dele Adebola takes a shot. Comfortable save by Jason Steele.
74:50 The ball is crossed by Paul Anderson, comfortable save by Jason Steele.
74:08 Tony McMahon crosses the ball, Ryan Bertrand makes a clearance.
72:54 Kris Boyd challenges Chris Gunter unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lee Camp.
72:09 The referee blows for offside. Lee Camp takes the indirect free kick.
Correction - 70:27 Booking Ryan Bertrand goes into the referee's book for time wasting.
70:27 Booking The referee shows Ryan Bertrand a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
Correction - 70:12 Substitution Dele Adebola comes on in place of Dexter Blackstock.
70:12 Substitution Dexter Blackstock leaves the field to be replaced by Dele Adebola.
68:28 Substitution Joe Bennett replaces Leroy Lita.
68:20 Matthew Bates takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
65:11 Leroy Lita produces a cross.
63:03 Richard Smallwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Radoslaw Majewski. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Lewis McGugan,
Gary O'Neil makes a clearance.
61:25 Shot from 25 yards by Chris Gunter. Save by Jason Steele.
60:28 Richard Smallwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Cohen. Chris Cohen restarts play with the free kick.
59:41 Gary O'Neil gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Radoslaw Majewski. Free kick taken by Paul McKenna.
59:28 A cross is delivered by Chris Gunter, comfortable save by Jason Steele.
55:44 Radoslaw Majewski gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott McDonald. Free kick taken by Gary O'Neil.
55:44 Substitution Richard Smallwood replaces Mickael Tavares.
53:54 Radoslaw Majewski takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Jason Steele.
52:06 The ball is crossed by Nicky Bailey, Lee Camp makes a comfortable save.
51:42 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Gary O'Neil.
50:25 GOAL - Lewis McGugan:Nott'm Forest 1 - 0 Middlesbrough Cross/shot scored by Lewis McGugan. Nottm Forest 1-0 Middlesbrough.
49:36 Tony McMahon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lewis McGugan.
47:05 Lewis McGugan crosses the ball.
46:53 Lewis McGugan fouled by Tony McMahon, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Cohen takes the direct free kick.
46:31 The ball is sent over by Tony McMahon, clearance made by Chris Gunter.
46:03 Chris Cohen takes a shot. Save made by Jason Steele.
45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
45:00+1:16 The referee blows for half time.
45:00+1:06 The ball is sent over by Paul McKenna, Tony McMahon makes a clearance.
43:42 Shot by Chris Cohen from outside the box goes over the net.
43:10 The ball is crossed by Matthew Bates, save by Lee Camp.
42:09 Short corner taken by Chris Cohen from the right by-line.
41:50 Effort on goal by Radoslaw Majewski from 18 yards.
40:17 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Wheater on Paul Anderson. Chris Cohen takes the free kick.
39:30 Effort from inside the six-yard box by Leroy Lita goes wide left of the target.
38:14 Dexter Blackstock produces a drilled left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
36:53 Corner taken left-footed by Chris Cohen from the right by-line, Nicky Bailey manages to make a clearance.
36:37 Shot from 25 yards by Paul McKenna. Gary O'Neil gets a block in.
36:01 Tony McMahon concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Cohen. Free kick crossed right-footed by Radoslaw Majewski from left
wing, Nicky Bailey makes a clearance.
33:53 Leroy Lita produces a right-footed shot from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
33:10 A cross is delivered by Chris Gunter, blocked by Matthew Bates.
31:37 The ball is delivered by Lewis McGugan, Jason Steele makes a comfortable save.
31:18 Nicky Bailey takes a shot from 20 yards. Save made by Lee Camp.
29:48 Chris Cohen takes a long range shot clearing the crossbar.
26:19 The offside flag is raised against Kris Boyd. Lee Camp takes the indirect free kick.
23:23 Unfair challenge on Mickael Tavares by Wes Morgan results in a free kick. Gary O'Neil fires a strike on goal direct from the
23:06 Outswinging corner taken by Gary O'Neil, clearance made by Dexter Blackstock.
22:54 Tony McMahon delivers the ball, clearance by Wes Morgan.
20:19 Tony McMahon concedes a free kick for a foul on Lewis McGugan. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Lewis McGugan from
left wing, Kris Boyd manages to make a clearance.
18:42 The ball is crossed by Tony McMahon, Wes Morgan manages to make a clearance.
17:09 The ball is sent over by Tony McMahon, Kris Boyd produces a drilled right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which
goes wide of the right-hand upright.
15:41 Wes Morgan concedes a free kick for a foul on Kris Boyd. Gary O'Neil takes the direct free kick.
14:28 Centre by Ryan Bertrand.
13:52 Tony McMahon is adjudged to have handled the ball. Ryan Bertrand takes the direct free kick.
11:29 Shot by Chris Cohen. Jason Steele makes a comfortable save.
11:22 The ball is sent over by Ryan Bertrand.
9:33 Shot by Leroy Lita. Save made by Lee Camp.
7:46 Kris Boyd is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Lee Camp.
1:31 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary O'Neil from the left by-line, save made by Lee Camp.
1:19 Effort from 20 yards by Scott McDonald. Lee Camp makes a save.
0:00 The match begins.
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