Dougie Freedman speaks with the same accent as our former manager but I’m now beginning to wonder if he really is Billy Davies in disguise?
Forest yet again opted to sit back and defend a lead against inferior opposition and were subsequently punished for it.
I was surprised to see Chris Burke in the starting line up, especially at the expense of Oliver Burke who has done enough to earn a place in the side of late.
Given that Charlton have only won twice in their last 20 matches I would have liked to see us take the initiative.
However, despite the lion’s share of possession by the away side it was Charlton that came closest.
Harriott bent a left foot effort just past the post after 25 minutes.
This kicked Forest into gear and they started to get in behind the Addicks defence.
Good wing play by Burke came to nothing as he dragged his cross behind the onrushing attackers and there was a half chance for Mendes soon after.
He screwed his shot well wide after bursting into the box though.
Forest continued to dominate without creating real openings until the very end of the half. A great passage of play between Mendes and Ben Osborn saw the latter curl a beauty into the top right corner to put us ahead.
You’d think that given Charlton’s run of form, bossing the possession and leading at the break that Forest would punish the struggling home side.
No; as per usual we did not only allow them to equalise but failed to capitalise when they were down to 10 men.
Their goal came from Harriott’s lovely cross and was neatly dispatched by Christofferson.
Both Mills and Hobbs will be disappointed with their positioning as the home side drew level.
Tesche replaced Mendes and Burke made way for Dexter Blackstock.
It was clear from those very substitutions that defensive Dougie was happy with a point against ten men who had only won twice in 1,800 minutes of football.
Osborn had run Holmes-Dennis ragged on the flank and after a number of clumsy fouls the Charlton man was sent off.
The best action came late on though, Nelson Oliveira wasted another golden chance in the dying minutes as he’d done against Cardiff.
Then the home side forced two outstanding saves from De Vries as the game finished all square.
The main highlight in this fixture was the long awaited return of Chris Cohen, the club captain replaced Jack Hobbs for the final five minutes.
All being well he can soon slot into the left back slot in place of the injured Pinillos.
Regardless of the unbeaten run it’s clear to see that we should have buried some of those sides, it is a throwback to the Billy Davies era where not losing is the key.
If the sides you’re playing are decent then fair enough but Leeds, MK Dons and Charlton should be three wins and nine points.
Next week I will be focussing on the Under 18s match versus Coventry City as opposed to the FA Cup game with QPR.