Managerless, without a win in nine games and out of the promotion play-offs.....it would be fair to say they are not the circumstances in which Nottingham Forest would have relished going into a match with one of their closest rivals in the Championship.
Perhaps they would have settled for a point from a 1-1 draw before the kick-off.
But they will be frustrated at having a first win in ten snatched away from them just 12 minutes from time.
Daryl Murphy was the culprit as his header on 78 minutes levelled up the scores to leave both sides on the same number of points and in seventh and eighth respectively and just outside the play-off spots.
Forest grabbed the lead just four minutes in when a cross from Daniel Fox was met by Danny Collins.
It was almost two when Jamie Paterson hit a shot that was deflected and went close.
Mick McCarthy’s side almost levelled but former Wolves front man Sylvan Ebaks-Blake saw his shot stopped by the consistent Karl Darlow.
Forest, who last won in early February, now have just seven games remaining to force themselves back into the play-offs and earn a chance at promotion to the Premier League.