Rovers opposition: Doncaster-born Henderson hopes strike drives Forest on

Darius Henderson
Darius Henderson

Doncaster-born Darius Henderson wants his leveller against Middlesbrough to drive Nottingham Forest towards three points on Saturday.

The Forest forward has been the subject of a social media storm this week after video footage showed Henderson effectively palming the ball into the back of the net in the 80th minute, cancelling out Mustapha Carayol’s first half opener.

But Henderson’s equaliser left Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka fuming and wondering how it wasn’t chalked off for handball.

The Spaniard said: “I didn’t need to see a replay. My players’ reaction was enough to know it was handball.

“If the scorer is humble, I’m sure he would admit it was handball.”

Henderson, brought up in Rossington, was disappointed Forest did not pick up all three points and is keen to take Tuesday night’s performance into their clash with Doncaster Rovers

“I thought a point was the least we deserved,” said the 32-year-old journeyman who began his playing career with Reading.

“To be honest, given the chances that we created over the 90 minutes, we are slightly disappointed not to have taken all three.

“But having said that, we’ll take the positives and be happy with the point that we got.”

Henderson, formerly of Sheffield United, went on: “It is really encouraging that we are getting into goalscoring positions and even more so that we could put one away at Middlesbrough and earn a result.

“Middlesbrough is a hard place to take anything from so we’re very pleased to take something from the game.

“Middlesbrough haven’t conceded a league goal here since December 14 so we’re delighted to have scored that late goal.

“We need to use it as a major positive now and hopefully take three points from Saturday’s game.”