Boro have renewed belief

  • By: Craig Chisnall
  • Last Updated: March 11 2014, 17:30 GMT

Craig Chisnall thinks Middlesbrough can build on their win at the weekend in the Sky Bet Championship and beat Nottingham Forest.

Aitor Karanka and Boro can get the better of Forest
Aitor Karanka and Boro can get the better of Forest

There must have been some relief at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday when Middlesbrough saw off Ipswich.

Not only did it end their seven-game winless run, they scored their first goal in more than 12 hours and Danny Graham, who had netted just once in 14 months, bagged both in the 2-0 win.

The on-loan Sunderland striker, now in his second spell with Boro, had been linked with Tuesday's opponents Nottingham Forest in January and will be desperate to show them what they are missing out on.

Their chronic lack of goals in recent months has probably put paid to their hopes of a late charge for the play-offs but they have improved since Aitor Karanka took the reins in November.

Jose Mourinho's former assistant at Real Madrid has really tightened them up at the back and they have now kept clean sheets in five of their last eight matches.

So with the above in mind I'm going with them to add to promotion-chasing Nottingham Forest's woes.

Forest's season is in danger of falling off a cliff with Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Barnsley their third on the spin.

Billy Davies, currently serving a touchline ban, has also lost several key figures to injuries of late and must be looking nervously over his shoulder with Brighton and Wigan both having games in hand.

Boro are offered at 31/20 with BetVictor and I will be investing.

In League One, Rotherham look the team to get on as they head to Oldham after the luxury of a weekend off.

The high-flying Millers were due to face fellow in-form side Sheffield United on Saturday but the Blades were of course on FA Cup quarter-final duty.

But having won seven in their ten-game unbeaten run the visitors will be chomping at the bit for the trip to struggling Oldham.

Steve Evans' side have been one of the most entertaining teams to watch since the turn of the year and only Leyton Orient's haul of 68 goals betters the Millers total of 64.

Ten of their 17 victories this term have also come on the road and they will fancy their chances heading to Boundary Park, where the Latics have already seven times.

Lee Johnson's men were seen off by Preston, in our favour, at the weekend and they are now just three points above the drop zone. Go with the Millers at 6-4 with William Hill.

My outsider for the midweek action is on an away win at Field Mill again as in-form York head to Mansfield.

The Stags were comprehensively seen off at a big price by Bury recently and have already lost seven matches on their own patch.

Saturday's win over Newport put some breathing distance between themselves and the bottom two but that won't bother York.

Nigel Worthington's side climbed to ninth with a 1-0 win over Wimbledon at the weekend and they've now tasted victory in four of their last six matches.

The improvement has been built on their rock-solid defence that has conceded just two goals in that period.

They are now just four points behind faltering Southend in the final play-off place and another win here would really set out their ambitions. I'm going with them at 15-8, which is offered by bet365, BetVictor and Paddy Power.

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