Nottingham Forest were forced to settle for a point at Blackburn Rovers after coming from behind to draw 1-1.
The Reds went a goal down when Adam Armstrong breached the Forest rearguard and calmly placed the ball beyond Brice Samba.
Sabri Lamouchi’s men weren’t behind for long, however, and hit back within two minutes thanks to a stunning strike from Joe Lolley.
Following a frustrating night at the office for Forest we looked at five talking points from the Ewood Park contest:
Life after Dawson
Tobias Figueiredo was the man tasked with replacing the injured Forest central defender and he did very well.
The 24-year-old won everything in the air and although he was a surprise inclusion ahead of Chema Rodriguez, he looked calm and composed.
As sad as it might seem Forest must start to find a way to be resolute without the 35-year-old Dawson. In Figueiredo, Forest might just have a man capable of stepping up.
In Dawson’s absence, Ben Watson took the armband and boy is he playing well at the moment.
The 34-year-old was on the scrapheap this time last year as Aitor Karanka opted with the more energetic Jack Colback and Claudio Yacob.
Watson hasn’t sulked though and his form in Lamouchi’s system has been a breath of fresh air. Even his biggest critics are starting to appreciate what the ex-Watford man brings to the current team.
Sow so important
When the Malian midfielder went off on 74 minutes last night, Forest became under siege from a Blackburn onslaught.
Sow didn’t actually play that well last night but he is solid when the Reds don’t have the ball.
Fair play to Lamouchi for making a change that he thought would put Forest back in the ascendency, but had Sow remained on the pitch the last 20 minutes might have proved easier to negotiate.
Lamouchi not afraid of big calls
Last night the French boss left out Joao Carvalho and given he looked spent when he was withdrawn at Stoke on Friday, it was the right decision.
Lamouchi also made the decision to leave Albert Adomah on the bench, instead preferring the bold option of Yuri Ribeiro on the left-flank.
The boss isn’t afraid of making unpopular decisions and for that he must be praised, especially when the Reds are picking up points in spite of these changes.
So solid Samba
Brice Samba is well on his way towards cult hero status at the City Ground and he put in another good performance at Ewood Park.
A quality stop at the second attempt denied Danny Graham what would surely have been a winning goal, whilst he also made three or four other smart saves.
People claim a good goalkeeper is worth an extra 12-15 points a season and it’s fair to say Forest kept hold of one thanks to Samba last night.