Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies admitted his promotion-chasing side had benefited from a stroke of luck after they escaped from the Riverside Stadium with a barely-deserved point in a last-gasp 1-1 draw.
Dele Adebola bundled home an injury-time equaliser as Forest maintained their remarkable 38-year unbeaten run on Teesside. The result was harsh on struggling Middlesbrough, who took the lead through Scott McDonald in the 51st minute and were denied by visiting goalkeeper Lee Camp on a number of occasions.
Davies was quick to sympathise with opposite number Tony Mowbray at the final whistle and revealed: "I said to Tony on the touchline 'we didn't deserve it'. The home side were better."
He added: "I think over the last few weeks things have gone against us and in this one we got a break, but we never deserved it.
"You take what you get. In this game it's gone for us. In the end I said to Dele Adebola that could be one of the most important goals he has scored in his career."
Davies paid tribute to Camp, adding: "He's been doing that week in, week out. He's top-class. That's what he does."
Mowbray was understandably disappointed by Boro's failure to claim three points, but took heart from a much-improved performance.
"We've had one or two of those this season, it's not the first time we've lost a goal after 90 minutes," he said.
"I think we deserved to win the match on chances created and efforts at the opponent's goal.
"It was a performance full of energy and desire to get a result from us after the disappointment of the weekend (when they were beaten 3-0 by leaders QPR)."
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