For the majority of the game versus Coventry, manager Chris Hughton would have been satisfied with the efforts of a squad which is lacking new arrivals.
However, two late goals saw Forest succumb to a disappointing result at the home of the Sky Blues, leaving Hughton to further assess ways to make some much-needed signings.
Philip Zinckernagel and Jordi Osei-Tutu have arrived at the City Ground in recent days, two players which should add quality in attack and defence respectively.
The Forest fanbase expects more fresh faces, however, as they now look to build on Wednesday’s 2-1 victory over Bradford City in the EFL Cup.
On the back of a loan period in Spain with Almeira, Joao Carvalho marked his return with a double which hinted that he could have a significant part to play going forward.
At a time when Forest have been forced to play two fixtures in just over 72 hours, Bournemouth have been able to rest after their entertaining draw with West Brom.
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Aided by playing their EFL Cup tie with MK Dons before the start of the Championship, the Cherries twice went ahead before having to settle for a point.
On reflection, Scott Parker would have been satisfied with a share of the spoils after the Baggies warmed into the contest, but there are several areas for improvement.
The extended break has allowed Parker to get through plenty of work on the training ground, and Bournemouth will feel confident of overcoming opponents who have had minimal preparation time