Alex McLeish declared himself pleased with what he saw from the Directors’ Box at The City Ground in this afternoon’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.The visitors took the lead early on through Glenn Murray before Andy Reid levelled the scores just before the break with a thunderbolt from outside the area.
But Murray put the visitors back into what appeared to be an unassailable lead late on – only for Billy Sharp to pop up at the death to earn Forest a valuable point.
McLeish said: “I thought there was a lot of fighting spirit. To their credit they went all the way to the final whistle. They could easily have put their heads down after that 81st minute Palace goal but they fought right to the death and that shows great character.
“I also saw some great quality on the field today. Reid was amazing – what a game he had, and he was instrumental in the two goals.
“I didn’t think there was anything particularly disappointing today - I thought it was a really good performance and we were well worth the draw, if not the victory.”
Rob Kelly and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink took charge of affairs from the touchline, but McLeish revealed that he was in constant communication with his staff throughout the match.
He said: “I spoke to the lads before the game and at half time. It was easier for me to see the game from the Directors’ Box and communicate with Rob and Jimmy from that vantage point.
“We could see some of the players were tiring and spoke about substitutions – I feel we made our changes at the right time.”