Nottingham Forest were denied a massive three points in stoppage time as Millwall roared back to earn a 2-2 draw.
The Reds trailed by a goal to nil at the break but Lewis Grabban’s introduction sparked the Reds into life.
He’d only been on the pitch for 50 seconds when he cancelled out Shaun Williams’ opening goal. With time ticking on, he poked home again, this time from a Sammy Ameobi pass.
That looked to have given Forest all three points but two minutes into stoppage time disaster struck. Williams hit a long-range drive which Brice Samba could only parry and Aidan O’Brien restored parity at the death.
Ultimately an abysmal start has cost Forest. Had boss Sabri Lamouchi gone with his strongest team, the Reds might have claimed all three points.
A somewhat bizarre team selection saw Rafa Mir start and the Reds line-up in an unfamiliar 3-5-2.
Mir looked awful and it wasn’t until the introduction of Grabban and a decision to revert to a flat-back four that Forest came into the game.
It’s hard not to be delighted for the Reds talisman. He has been forced to field some pretty harsh criticism this season and he has taken it all in his stride.
His Millwall brace saw him hit double figures for the campaign and not a single striker has scored more Championship goals since the start of the 2013/14 campaign.
If Forest can keep the 31-year-old fit for the majority of the season then goals are guaranteed.
Mir’s disappointing performance did highlight the need for more competition but it’s fair to say the Reds don’t necessarily need to go spending a fortune.
Forest now face Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday at home in two games which it has to be said look season-defining.
Picking up points away is all fine and dandy but the caveat to that is that you win you must pick up maximum points at home.
Lamouchi will have learned a lot about his squad this evening and will look forward to trying to give the home fans something to cheer next week.