Dougie Freedman says his side’s performance at Ewood Park was the best he has seen so far as Nottingham Forest manager.
The Reds came from behind three times to draw 3-3, but they could easily have won the game after creating a number of excellent openings.
And, while Freedman was pleased with the way his side went about their business, he accepts it was a match they should have won.
The manager said: “It was a wonderful spectacle for our travelling fans, who once again were great. I felt the spirit was there - we came back three different times in the match but I’m still very disappointed we didn’t win that game.
“That’s the best we’ve played since I’ve been here. Our approach play was fantastic, we created five clear-cut chances and to come away with a draw is disappointing.
“There’s lots of work to be done in the summer. I want a team who can entertain and play good football, which we did today, but we need to be winning games like that.
“I felt today we were far superior in the middle of the park but we’ve got to get better in both boxes.”
Freedman signed a two-year contract extension earlier this week and is already looking forward to drilling some new instructions into his team this summer.
He said: “The mentality has been good. The boys have bought into a lot of what I’ve been doing and there’s been a lot of change.
“Although you might not see it, there’s a lot of work that’s been done on the training ground that I can see is working.
“But there are certainly some things I can only work on in pre-season, because I need some physical output in the training sessions.”