Super sub Dele Adebola struck a dramatic injury-time equaliser at the Riverside Stadium to breathe new life into Nottingham Forest's automatic promotion bid in the npower Championship.

Billy Davies' men looked to be heading for a costly defeat after Scott McDonald's 51st-minute strike for Middlesbrough but Adebola - a 67th minute replacement for David McGoldrick - sealed a 1-1 draw for the visitors.

The point keeps Forest in the thick of the battle for a promotion place, three points behind second-placed Swansea.

Meanwhile the point lifts Boro six clear of Scunthorpe in the first relegation place.

The Iron failed to put pressure on those above them as they slipped to a 2-0 defeat at Portsmouth.

Dave Kitson opened the scoring after 62 minutes for Pompey and Aaron Mokoena added a second 10 minutes from time.

While the win lifts Pompey up to 12th it makes grim reading for the Iron who are now four points off Crystal Palace in 17th place - although they do still have a potentially crucial game in hand.

In the night's other Championship clash, two goals from Billy Sharp helped Doncaster nip Derby's mini-revival in the bud with a 3-1 win at Pride Park.

Sharp scored two and Joseph Mills added a third for Rovers before Steve Davies' late consolation.

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