Nottingham Forest drew 1-1 with Rotherham United at the City Ground as the wait for a home win this season goes on.

Chris Hughton will be hoping for a more ruthless streak in front of goal in Friday’s game with Derby but on the whole, the performance was pretty good.

Following last night’s game, we looked at five talking points from the draw.

Improved performance

You’d be overly critical suggest that Forest haven’t improved in Hughton’s first two games in charge.

Of course, there are still things which must be worked on but there is already more urgency within the ranks.

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Forest did allow Rotherham to bog them down for 30 minutes last night but for an hour, the Reds played far better than they have all season.

Hughton isn’t going to get the complete performance after just two games but last night was certainly far better than anything that has been served up for a while.

Defensive solidity

It seems clear that Hughton has identified that he’d like his defensive unit to look as uncompromising as possible.

Scott McKenna and Tobias Figueiredo are both sizeable figures at centre back, whilst Cyrus Christie and Nicholas Ioannou are big physical presences at full-back.

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But for last night’s penalty Forest would have taken their second successive clean sheet – and even the awarded spot-kick was perhaps a soft decision.

The Reds coped really well with balls into the box and the composure on display at set-pieces was a pleasing factor.

Lewis Grabban

The Forest striker is badly struggling with a crisis of confidence.

After showing superb composure to assist Sammy Ameobi for his equalising goal, he fluffed his lines after rounding the goalkeeper, slotting wide with the open net gaping.

Grabban hasn’t become a bad player overnight but his form is bound to be a concern for Hughton.

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The 32-year-old scored 20 goals last season but he desperately needs to fire one home this season.

Taking him out of the firing line could help but it could also sap him of the last ounce of confidence he might have.

Hughton faces a big decision ahead of Derby’s visit.

Creativity

Under the management of Sabri Lamouchi, the big criticism was that Forest didn’t create enough chances.

There’s no doubt that Forest created plenty of chances last night, having 20 shots against the Millers.

 

The small issue to iron out now is that only four of last night’s 20 shots were actually on target.

Hughton will be happy that chances are coming but he’ll be demanding that his players find some composure and become ruthless in the penalty box moving forward.

Midfielder will be integral

Harry Arter came on for the second game running and for the second time in a week he changed the game in Forest’s favour.

Hughton once again preferred Jack Colback and Ryan Yates in midfield and in truth, they didn’t really work against Rotherham.

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Arter plays between the lines and he made sure Forest got themselves on the front foot following his introduction.

Forest got a glimpse of what the 30-year-old can do last season against Fulham and it’s surely only a matter of time until the midfielder becomes a City Ground mainstay.

 

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