MIDDLESBROUGH boss Tony Mowbray was left nursing wounded pride after seeing his side throw away a two-goal lead at the City Ground.
Kei Kamara and a wonder goal from left-back George Friend – blasting a 20-yard shot into the top corner – had Boro two up, but Forest boss Billy Davies sent on strikers Matt Derbyshire and Darius Henderson and they both scored to rescue a point.
Boro finished the game with 10 men following the dismissal of Emanuel Ledesma, for going through the back of Henri Lansbury, by ref Phil Dowd.
“I thought he (Dowd) got quite a bit wrong tonight,” said Mowbray. “It’s not an easy job, the modern-day referee. But he gets paid for making decisions and he made them.”
Forest were awarded a first-half spot-kick for a foul by Rhys Williams on Raddy Majewski, but Andy Reid saw his kick saved by Jason Steele. Mowbray took umbrage at Dowd’s decision.
“What I don’t like with officialdom at times is the over-dramatic nature,” he added.
“He saw where the ball went – and I know Williams won the ball pretty cleanly – but the dramatic nature of him standing there for three, maybe four seconds, waiting and like a pointed dog when pointing to the spot in dramatic fashion. I don’t think there’s any need for it.”
Mowbray also believed his side should have won a late penalty of their own when Marvin Emnes was brought down in the box.
Nottm Forest: Darlow, Lichaj, Hobbs, Wilson (Halford 10), Cohen, Abdoun, Lansbury, Majewski (Henderson 58), Reid, Cox (Derbyshire 58), Mackie. Subs Not Used: Moussi, Jara, Paterson, De Vries. Booked: Cox, Henderson, Lichaj. Goals: Derbyshire 69, Henderson 79.
Middlesbrough: Steele, Richardson, Woodgate, Rhys Williams, Friend, Butterfield, Leadbitter, Whitehead, Kamara (Jutkiewicz 81), Emnes (Ledesma 77), Adomah (Carayol 80). Subs Not Used: Hoyte, Gibson, Leutwiler, Smallwood. Sent Off: Ledesma (90). Booked: Leadbitter, Rhys Williams, Adomah, Kamara. Goals: Kamara 18, Friend 55.
Att: 19,509 Ref: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire).