Forest manager Sean O’Driscoll saw positives in his side’s performance, despite their 1-0 home defeat by Derby.The hosts had Dexter Blackstock sent off just seconds after the second half had got underway and their arch-rivals took advantage through Craig Bryson on 55 minutes.
O’Driscoll said: “It was a local derby, they were always going to make it difficult for us. They got every man behind the ball and left us very little space to work in.
“Sometimes, to engineer chances, you’ve got to be brave in the back and middle lines.
“I thought we were all day, I thought we were excellent. Our approach play was solid in a game where, from my experience, the ball is usually smacked from one back four to another.
“When Blackstock got sent off there was a numerical advantage but I don’t think the game changed at all. In a frantic first half I think we picked our times to play, compete and be solid – I thought second half we were exactly the same.
“Without wishing to be disrespectful to Derby, I didn’t see how they were going to score.
“We made a poor decision in the run up to their goal and the extra man in the middle gave us a problem. I think the goal changed the game rather than the sending off.”
Blackstock is now facing a three-match ban, while his striker partner Simon Cox will miss Wednesday’s game against Blackburn at The City Ground after he collected his fifth booking of the season.
O’Driscoll also revealed after the game that Marcus Tudgay underwent double hernia surgery last week and is facing a couple of weeks on the sidelines.