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Hughton responds to Forest exit claims after Middlesbrough pile on more misery

The 62-year-old is under intense pressure after the Reds suffered a sixth Championship loss in seven games this season, losing 2-0 to Neil Warnock’s side

Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton is without a win in 13 Championship games, stretching back to last season

Under-fire Nottingham Forest boss Chris Hughton suffered a potentially fatal defeat at home to Middlesbrough tonight.

A portion of Reds’ fans were already calling for change before the game, but the 2-0 reverse to Neil Warnock’s side will only intensify those pleas.

Forest are bottom of the Championship with just a solitary point to their name after seven games.

A goal in either half did the damage at the City Ground and Hughton is now walking on thin ice with Forest rock-bottom of the second tier.

Fans chanted ‘getting sacked in the morning’ as the game approached its final stages.



Middlesbrough’s Andraz Sporar opened the scoring




Recent days have seen ex-England captain John Terry publicly rule himself out of contention for any vacancy that arises, but former Sheffield United chief Chris Wilder is thought to be interested.

Speaking to local radio post-match, Hughton was asked directly about whether reports this evening that he is set to leave the club were true.

“That’s news to me,” Hughton responded.

“Unless somebody tells me something then my responsibility is to go over this game and then try to pick a team that can pick themselves up.



Chris Hughton is under huge pressure at Forest




“Probably, in the form we’re in, there won’t be too many who fancy us.

“But that’s what this game is about. We’re in a very difficult position at the moment.

“Morale is low in the changing room at this moment but I can’t say it’s low at the training ground or going into this game.

“There was a good feel and the way we started, we felt this would maybe be the turnaround but it wasn’t to be.”

Middlesbrough took the lead midway through the first half when Andraz Sporar fired home past goalkeeper Ethan Horvath, making his league bow for the hosts.



Onel Hernandez scores Middlesbrough’s second at the City Ground




Whilst the stopper had little chance with that, he was all at fault for Boro’s second.

His touch from a backpass was far too heavy and that allowed Boro’s onrushing Onel Hernandez to pounce and tap into the empty net.

Forest toiled but never looked like getting back into it, and the full-time whistle was met by a chorus of boos.

Hughton was also quizzed on whether he has considered walking away from the post.

“No.” Hughton said bluntly.



Chris Wilder has been strongly linked with the Forest job, should Hughton depart




“I’m manager of this club and I have to take whatever criticism comes my way.

“I don’t expect anything different when we are a team that haven’t won a game this season. So I understand and accept any criticism that comes my way.

“And it’s my responsibility to accept that and work as hard as I can to try to change things.”

Forest travel to Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

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