Nottingham Forest dug deep to salvage a point on Tuesday night, with that becoming something of a theme in 2019-20.

A 1-1 draw at Blackburn saw the Reds recover from falling behind to take something.

They have done likewise on four previous occasions this season.

Sabri Lamouchi’s men trailed at Leeds, but did not leave Elland Road empty-handed.

The same happened at Charlton.

Ditto at home to Preston.

Forest also conceded first during a trip to Stoke, and left with a maximum haul from that contest.

Seven points gained from losing positions.

Enough to have helped the Reds to 19 in total and a standing inside the top six.

Had they not displayed such battling qualities, then things could have been markedly different.

Confidence

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It is never wise to waste too much time on shoulda, woulda, coulda, but this is a point worth making.

If collective heads had dropped when suffering a setback this term, then the outlook would be bleak.

For argument’s sake, and without taking into account the repercussions of losses, if the aforementioned seven points had been squandered then Forest would be 14th.

Far from out of the race in early October, but hardly inspiring confidence either.

Lamouchi has moulded his side into a different animal.

One which refuses to lie down.

Yes, it hasn’t always been pretty, but dogged determination rarely is.

The hope is that a more eye-catching brand of football is still up the sleeve.

For now, the ‘whatever it takes’ approach will do just fine.

The sign of a good side – certainly a competitive one – is said to be the ability to pick up points when not at your best.

Healthy

 

Forest have a healthy haul of those through 10 games.

No longer is there a soft underbelly in the Reds’ ranks which can be exploited.

To highlight that further, their current haul of come-from-behind points matches that acquired across the whole of the 2018-19 campaign.

Last season, only seven points in total were rescued when being breached first.

A further five were picked up across meetings with Aston Villa, Leeds and Blackburn, but Forest opened the scoring in all of those fixtures.

The plan is, of course, that such qualities are not required.

Burst out the blocks, get the first goal and relax – simples!

Unfortunately, life is never that easy – especially in a division as competitive as the Championship.

Without the right blend of graft and guile, the second tier in England will chew you up and spit you out.

Forest have tamed it to a degree so far, with there much to be said for the seven points that could have slipped the net in a different year, under a different boss, with a different mindset.