C Palace v Nottm Forest reaction
Sean O'Driscoll was impressed by Nottingham Forest's resilience if not their performance in their 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.
Kagisho Dikgacoi put the Eagles on course for a victory that looked all but secured when the visitors saw Adlene Guedioura sent off in the 63rd minute.
However, Forest rallied and - eight minutes after replacing Billy Sharp - substitute Dexter Blackstock prodded home a Simon Cox pass to secure a 1-1 draw that keeps the Reds unbeaten this season.
"It was a display of how poor we can play, I suppose," Forest manager O'Driscoll said. "We have not played that poorly since the start of the season.
"I am delighted with the point. There is a great deal of resilience in the team and that comes with being unbeaten so far this season.
"The last two games we had a Birmingham team that came to the City Ground and defended really well and made it difficult for us and Dougie's team have really tried to press us high up the pitch.
"They are two things we need to do better at, but we're delighted with the point."
The former Doncaster manager was less impressed with Guedioura after the substitute's red card for kicking out at Palace captain Mile Jedinak.
"It was petulant," O'Driscoll added. "In this day and age you give the referee an opportunity to send you off and some referees will take it, some will speak to him and let them get on with it.
"This referee chose to send him off so I can't really complain about it. I'd like it not to have happened but in a strange sort of way, it gave us a bit of a spark that kicked us on."
Meanwhile, counterpart Dougie Freedman was left ruing what could have been a third successive victory for Palace.
"The performance was fantastic," Palace boss Freedman said. "The result was a disappointment, but I thought the performance levels were great.
"We've played against a team here tonight that I believe will be in the shake-up at the end of the season.
"They've got a lot of new players, a lot of top quality players, spent a lot of money and I think we've given them a right good game tonight.
"I thought we passed them off the pitch in the first half. I felt our movement was great and we created opportunities.
"In the second half, we got the goal in front and we had one or two chances when they had their man sent off, but when you've got top strikers on the pitch that is what happens.
"You've got to be focused for the whole 90 minutes and unfortunately tonight we weren't, but it is coming together."
Another negative for Palace tonight was the concussion suffered by goalscorer Dikgacoi in the second half.
"Unfortunately, he has a bit of concussion and is on his way to hospital right now," Freedman added.
"I am not a doctor so you'll have to give me a couple of days to find out whether he is a doubt for Saturday [against Cardiff]".
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