Forest grateful for Blackstock
Forest remain without a win as they relied on Dexter Blackstock's goal in a 1-1 draw with Millwall.
Last Updated: 11/09/10 5:34pm
Nottingham Forest remain without a win this season as they were left grateful for Dexter Blackstock's late equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Millwall at the City Ground.
Steve Morison's fifth minute header looked set to give Kenny Jackett's visitors the three points, but Blackstock, who had smashed a penalty over the bar in the first half, grabbed an equaliser with 10 minutes left to play.
The point kept Millwall in fourth place in the Championship, while Forest, play-off semi-finalists last season, climbed to 17th position.
Nathan Tyson replaced the injured Paul Anderson (knee) in the only alteration to the Forest line-up.
Millwall boss Jackett also made one change, with Darren Carter starting in place of Liam Trotter.
Visiting goalkeeper David Forde was forced into action early on to keep out a deflected shot from Robert Earnshaw.
Yet it was Millwall who took the lead in the fifth minute, Morison flashing a header across the face of Lee Camp after Danny Schofield had provided a fine cross from the left.
Forest were handed a golden opportunity to draw level four minutes later when Alan Dunne was penalised for a rash challenge on Tyson inside the area.
However, Blackstock was unable to hit the target with the resulting spot-kick.
Neil Harris came close to doubling Millwall's advantage with an audacious long-range chip, but the back-pedalling Camp tipped his effort over the bar.
The visitors threatened again soon after, Morison heading narrowly over on this occasion following a swift counter-attack.
Forest - who lost Earnshaw to injury in the 27th minute - put Millwall under heavy pressure for the remainder of the half, but lacked a cutting edge in the final third.
And the Lions almost added a second eight minutes before half-time as the lively Morison nodded over from Dunne's centre.
Forest remained on top after the interval and Cohen's deflected free-kick almost caught out Forde.
The Lions keeper then made two fine stops in the space of a minute to deny Wes Morgan before pulling off a stunning triple save to keep out efforts from Radoslaw Majewski, Ryan Bertrand and Tyson.
By this stage, the home fans could have been forgiven for thinking it was not their team's day, but the Reds finally drew level when Blackstock beat Forde to head home Cohen's looping cross.
Millwall responded immediately with Carter drilling a shot narrowly wide, while at the other end Forest substitute Anderson lifted a shot over the bar with only the keeper to beat.