Sammy Ameobi provided an assist as Nottingham Forest showed plenty of character to fight back and come from behind to win 2-1 against Coventry City on Tuesday night.
A Lewis Grabban strike saw Forest respond within five minutes of going behind to Maxime Biamou’s opener in the first half before Michael Rose’s own goal just after half-time proved decisive to seal the victory for The Reds.
Forest had to defend resolutely to keep the Sky Blues at bay and they did just that to secure a vital three points on the road.
The wet conditions made it difficult for both sides, with the ball skipping off the surface, but Forest were battling hard and looking for the opening goal. Grabban got down the right once more on 13 with his cross too high for the arriving Sammy Ameobi at the back post, but on 17 minutes The Reds found themselves behind.
Filip Krovinovic was on the receiving end of a strong challenge on halfway, with no foul given, and Coventry broke forward with the ball arriving with Maxime Biamou on the right corner of the penalty area. He cut inside and hit a rifled effort across goal and into the far corner past the outstretched Samba.
The Reds weren’t behind for long though as on 22 minutes they were level through Grabban. A long ball out to the left found Ameobi who beat his man and pulled the ball back from the byline to the penalty spot where the Forest captain arrived to slot into the bottom corner of the net.
Ameobi was subbed off at the break.
Knockaert fired into the side netting towards the end of the first period, but the teams went in level at the break with Forest the side on top.
They didn’t have to wait long to get the goal that their attacking play deserved as the took the lead on 53 minutes. Some neat play between Garner and Knockaert set Cyrus Christie on the overlap down the right. He played a superb cross into the box which arrived at an awkward height for substitute Michael Rose who could only divert the ball into his own net from inside the six-yard box.