Nottingham Forest deputy manager Ned Kelly praised the strength of his side's character following this evening's 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough.Darius Henderson restored parity ten minutes from time after Mustapha Carayol's opener to give The Reds a deserved share of the spoils at The Riverside Stadium.
Speaking to Forest Player after the match, Kelly said: "We were a little bit disappointed not to be ahead at half-time because we'd created a number of good opportunities with some excellent play in the first half. Unfortunately then we conceded a sloppy goal after the break and we found ourselves up against it.
"But all credit must go to the lads. They dug really deep and kept going and Hendo grabbed a fantastic goal from Reidy's ball in. In my opinion it was no more than we deserved because we'd battled hard for the whole game. It was important that we took something from tonight's game because we've been on a poor recent run.
"Middlesbrough is a very difficult place to come at any time in the season and they've not been conceding too many goals of late. We knew we'd have to put in a performance and maybe grind out a result and I thought we did that tonight.
"It is vital now that we use this result as a springboard to rediscover our form. The boys showed a great desire and willingness to get back into the game tonight and that's something we need to build on."