Another week, another outing for Nottingham Forest, another nail-biter and another point taken from another draw.

The stalemate against Aston Villa on Wednesday was far from standard, with heart rates just about returning to normal in the wake of a stunning encounter.

The Reds had never before, in a distinguished 153-year history, taken in a 5-5 draw before heading to Villa Park.

New experiences are to be embraced, and the game will live long in the memory, but the end result was, in the grand scheme of things, very familiar.

Positive or negative?

Having being held in midweek, Forest now boast 10 draws from 19 outings this season.

No side in the Championship has more and the only team in the top four tiers of English football to top that tally is Nottinghamshire neighbours Mansfield with 11 (there must be something in the water!).

Is a penchant for sharing the spoils a positive or a negative?

The answer to that question probably falls somewhere between the two extremes.

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It goes without saying that wins are preferable and that stalemates can stunt progress.

There will be many happy to argue that it would be better to have lost six of the aforementioned draws and turned the other four into wins – Forest would have more points on the board that way.

That is, however, far too simplistic.

Avoiding defeat allows a sense of momentum to be sustained, with wheels wobbling rather than being knocked from the tracks.

Fine line

There is a lot to be said for having only come unstuck on two occasions in the Championship this term, with Aitor Karanka’s side proving to be a tough nut to crack and more than a match for anybody on their day.

An unfortunate habit of dropping points from winning positions has been picked up, and it is those draws which hurt the most, but taking something is always better than collecting nothing.

Would Aitor Karanka like to have more wins on the board? Of course. We all would.

There is, however, a fine line between one point and three and should Forest find a way of toppling in the right direction on a more regular basis in the coming months, then a series of draws will start to feel more like positive steps forward than merely standing still.

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