Albert Adomah came off the bench to score a second-half equaliser as Nottingham Forest were held 1-1 by Preston North End this afternoon.
Billy Bodin put the visitors into a deserved first-half lead but a much-improved display from The Reds in the second half saw them draw level as substitutes Joao Carvalho and Adomah linked up for the leveller.
Sabri Lamouchi made one change to the side which defeated Fulham last weekend, with Alfa Semedo coming into the midfield in place of Samba Sow.
After winning their last two games, it was a sluggish start from Forest who were not firing on all cylinders. Preston were frustrating Forest as they didn’t let The Reds get into their usual rhythm, slowing the game down to try and control the match.
Their plan was working as Preston dominated the ball and created the best openings of the first half. Billy Bodin was denied by a smart stop by Brice Samba, with the keeper denying Josh Harrop less than a minute later, but on 40 minutes Bodin got the better of Samba to give North End the lead.
A spell of pressure from the visitors saw the ball fall to Bodin in the area, he twisted and turned before firing low past Samba. It could have been two moments later as Harrop glanced a header wide on the stroke of half-time when well placed in the middle.
Behind at the break, Forest needed to up their game and they came out in the second half on front foot. Samba Sow was introduced from the substitutes’ bench and he had an immediate impact, seeing a shot blocked within two minutes and going on a cople of driving runs forward.
On 52 minutes Forest’s best chance of the game fell to Lewis Grabban. Some good play between Sammy Ameobi and Sow saw the ball fall to Grabban who curled an effort towards the top corner but over Declan Rudd’s crossbar.
Joao Carvalho and Albert Adomah were both introduced from the bench and the pair had a big impact on the game as Forest drew level on 79 minutes.
Carvalho played a fine ball straight through the stubborn Preston defence to find Adomah running on to it who calmly fired beyond Rudd as The Reds continued to press forward.
There was only one team looking like getting all three points as it was Forest who drove forward with the visitors settling for their point, but The Reds couldn’t find a way through as the game ended in a draw.
Forest: Samba, Jenkinson, Worrall, Dawson (c), Robinson, Watson (Carvalho 68’), Semedo (Sow 46’), Silva, Ameobi (Adomah 77’), Lolley, Grabban
Unused subs: Muric, Cash, Mir, Chema
Goal: Adomah 79’
Bookings: Grabban 70’, Silva 74’, Sow 83’, Jenkinson 90’
Preston: Rudd, Browne, Bauer, Davies, Rafferty, Pearson, Gallagher (c) (Ledson 66’), Potts, Johnson, Harrop, Bodin (Stockley 65’)
Unused subs: Ripley, Bayliss, Storey, Ginnelly, Green
Goal: Bodin 40’
Booking: Harrop 50’
Referee: Geoff Eltringham
Attendance: 27,249 (1,610 away)