On the back of making an array of deadline-day signings, Scott Parker watched his Bournemouth side suffer a 1-0 defeat at the hands of non-league Boreham Wood in the FA Cup.
The concern would have been that all momentum had been lost, but the Cherries have since responded with important victories over Birmingham City and Blackpool respectively.
On both occasions, Bournemouth had to rally in the closing stages, something which they have not always done this season, and netting twice late on at Bloomfield Road could prove to be a pivotal result.
Siriki Dembele marked his debut with the winning goal deep into stoppage time, securing a result which sees Bournemouth hold a four-point lead over third-placed Blackburn Rovers with two matches in hand.
Although Parker and his squad will still have eyes on catching leaders Fulham, who have a six-point advantage, the South-coast outfit will know the significance of increasing their lead over the chasing pack ahead of the weekend’s fixtures.
From Steve Cooper’s perspective, he cannot be unhappy with a Forest squad which have delivered six wins from eight matches in all competitions during 2022.
Nevertheless, failing to defeat Stoke City last weekend felt like a missed opportunity, even if it could be perceived as one point gained after Ryan Yates’s last-gasp equaliser.
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That goal came after goalkeeper Brice Samba had been sent off, and it keeps Forest ticking over in the right direction with just seven points separating the club to Blackburn having played a game fewer.
However, Forest do need to improve on the road in the Championship, with poor performances being produced on recent trips to Middlesbrough and Cardiff City.
That said, the East Midlands outfit did defeat Blackburn in their last away fixture, giving them the belief that they can cause another surprise at Bournemouth