The Reds picked up their first points after three consecutive defeats following a 0-0 draw at home to Watford.
Chris Hughton’s side were underdogs going into the mid-week fixture, but were able to go toe-to-toe with Vladimir Ivic’s promotion chasing Hornets.
Watford went into the game high on confidence, after a commanding 4-1 win over Preston North-End. The Hornet’s aren’t the best side away from home, but should have made lightwork of a Forest side struggling near the bottom of the table.
Forest however, didn’t once look out of their depth against their midweek opposition, limiting the Hornets to just a few chances all game.
In fact, it was the home side who created the better chances throughout the 90 minutes. Harry Arter and Joe Lolley both went close to scoring in the first half, whilst Lyle Taylor had the best chance of the game, but his header sailed over the bar just before the hour mark.
The returning Joe Worrall had an immediate impact on Forest’s defence. The 23-year-old’s leadership qualities and defensive presence helped orchestrate Forest’s best defensive performance of the season, in his first game back as Reds captain.
Tobias Figueiredo, who has been out-of-sorts in recent weeks, looked to be back to his best playing alongside his skipper.
Full debutant, Cafu also impressed on the evening. The summer signing played as a number 10, behind lone striker Lyle Taylor, and did a superb job of linking defence to attack.
The game fizzled out in the final minutes, with both sides seemingly settling for a draw. The Reds have finally ended their poor run of form, but without a goal in four, finishing is an issue which still plagues Chris Hughton’s side.
Forest now travel to Reading, where they will play in front of fans for the first time since March. Whilst Watford face Cardiff City at Vicarage Road, knowing a win could take them to the top of the table.
Fans were impressed by Cafu’s performance on the evening:
Are Forest close to turning the corner? They looked much better with Worrall in the team. Him next to McKenna should be solid. Yates played well as a number 6. Any two from Cafu/Arter/Sow/Bachirou in front of him could be decent and Freeman and Grabban are nearly fit. #nffc
— David Gratton (@Gratollini) December 4, 2020
Forest's best player is Cash
Forest's best player is Cas
Forest's best player is Ca
Forest's best player is Caf
Forest's best player is Cafu
What a year. #nffc
— Tom (@WiggumCharm) December 4, 2020
Whilst some were more concerned about Forest’s finishing ability:
— Red Dog Macca (@halftimepies) December 2, 2020
But on the whole, fans were happy the losing streak was over:
Steady without being spectacular. Was defensively resolute all evening and restricted a potent Watford strike force to nothing all evening. Some pleasing aspects. For Cafu did really well and an improvement from the back four. Stopped the rot! #NFFC
— DeltaDarikwa (@CityGroundShelf) December 2, 2020
Clean sheet and a draw so was an improvement. But toothless and lacked creativity and Watford weren't at their best. Figs and Worrall did well😉. Need to start picking up the odd win, especially at home as draws no good when you are down there.
— Debs🥂 (@deblee_smith) December 2, 2020