Nottingham Forest saw more points slip the net in a home date with Reading, but the Reds do sit top of the Championship form table.

And plenty of positives need to be taken from that.

Yes, there will be a sense of frustration on the back of Wednesday’s outing at the City Ground.

A matter of days on from snatching a draw from the jaws of victory against the Royals, history repeated itself.

The sense of déjà vu was impossible to ignore.

When Lewis Grabban found the target with the clock ticking down, the expectation would have been to see things out.

Sabri Lamouchi’s side were unable to do so.

The turnaround was not as dramatic as it was at the Madejski Stadium, but the end result was the same.

In such situations, it is easy to become downbeat.

When the football gods conspire against you, stalemate can feel like defeat.

Forest did not, however, come unstuck in midweek.

They have not done so now for six games.

Direction

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Since scratching the annual December itch, things have very much been heading in the right direction.

Victory over Hull City on Boxing Day sparked a run of three in succession.

Luton were also seen off at the weekend in a come-from-behind performance which proved the fight and spirit is there.

Reading are the only side to have taken anything off the Reds.

They have done so on two occasions, which is slightly annoying, but we are looking at a much bigger picture now.

Having come through the hectic festive period, focus is being realigned.

Sights are being set on the finishing post.

The old cliché of ‘one game at a time’ applies as much as ever, but reflection can take into account much more than a single outing in isolation.

Yes, get the odd whinge off your chest after seeing Reading snatch a share of the spoils.

Once that is out of the system, take a step back.

Over the course of the last six games, nobody in the Championship has collected more points than Forest.

Perspective

 

Lamouchi’s men have picked up 14 from 18 on offer.

Brentford are next on the list with 11 – along with six other sides.

At the opposite end of the scale, West Brom are without a win in six and have added only four points to their tally.

Leeds – the other team occupying an automatic promotion spot at present – have taken just five.

Those records help to put Forest’s position into perspective.

Of course the plan was to be sat here today third in the division and only two points adrift of the Whites.

We are still fourth, with a game in hand on Fulham and sixth-placed Preston, and only five points off the summit.

And there are some big games to come.

Brentford, Leeds and West Brom will all be faced by mid-February.

Positive performances and results from those outings will make two draws with Reading a distant memory.

We had hoped for more this week, but Forest are still right where they need to be.

Keep the faith!

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