Caretaker manager Steve Agnew admits Gordon Strachan's exit from Middlesbrough came as a surprise.
Agnew had less than 24 hours to prepare Boro for the 1-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest after Strachan left the Riverside on Monday following a disappointing start to the season.
"There was no sign of any change," Agnew said. "When any manager loses a job it is a shock. We haven't had a great start but it's still a shock. But you have to deal with it."
But, despite the drama, Boro put in a solid first-half display and could have led at the City Ground as they dominated the opening 45 minutes.
But Forest rallied after the break and Boro succumbed to Lewis McGugan's wicked free-kick as they slumped to their fifth straight npower Championship away defeat.
Agnew added:"It's been busy preparing, organising and selecting. The players have been excellent and we prepared the best we could, it's been hectic. It was preparation I was reasonably pleased with."
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