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Live on Sky Sports: Nottingham Forest v Middlesbrough

18 September 2015

The first of the Saturday Football League matches comes from the City Ground, as Nottingham Forest host Middlesbrough live on Sky Sports.

The pair are two of the Sky Bet Championship's in-form sides, having recorded five wins from their last six outings collectively.

A rich vein of form

Forest have sprung to life in the last seven days, registering back-to-back wins on the road against Queens Park Rangers and Birmingham City respectively.

Those victories followed a run of just two points from nine available, but Dougie Freedman's men have shown their backbone of late, and can move level on points with Boro with another triumph on Saturday.

Aitor Karanka's side are on a hot streak of their own, having taken nine points from their last three, and they can make it five successive wins in all competitions with another three points.

The real deal - Christian Stuani

New Boro striker Christian Stuani has taken well to his new surroundings following a summer move from Espanyol.

The Uruguayan took his tally for the club to seven goals in midweek when netting two against Brentford, and early signs show he is more than capable of filling the void left by last season's Sky Bet Championship Player of the Year, Patrick Bamford.

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In the media

Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi has called on the club's fans to play their part on Saturday lunchtime, and says things are on the rise after a difficult start to the campaign.

"We need the fans’ support. We can’t work alone. They are very important for us – when the players see the fans all around the stadium they will feel more confidence," He said to Forest Player HD.

“At the beginning of the season I’m sure the fans weren’t happy because we were not having good results. But now we have the new signings, the players are looking sharper. Hopefully it will continue like this.

“It’s going to be a difficult game but we have to face it. I wish the players, manager and staff all the best. I’m sure they are doing their best to prepare for the game.

“If we can win another two in a row we will be very close to the top of the League. In this division you have to keep collecting points, especially in your home games. I hope it will be our third win in a row.”

Meanwhile, Middlesbrough midfielder Adam Clayton is determined to extend their winning run to five games in all competitions this weekend, and admits his side are already thinking about the prospect of promotion.

“We’ll go there to win the game like we do every game,” Clayton told

“If we can come away with the three points it’s a great start to the month and then we’ll go into the Leeds game the following week.

“Everyone at this club is trying to get into the Premier League and we’re all pulling in the same direction.

“So if we can keep that togetherness and hunger and desire going then we won’t be far off.”

Nottingham Forest's match with Middlesbrough is live on Sky Sports from midday, and you can also follow the action on Twitter, via @SkyBetChamp.

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