Taking a point away from home against a strong Walsall side is a fine achievement, made more by having to adjust to the loss of a key player through injury.

Farrend Rawson is a Frocester Hill like landmark in defence where his height and strength are invaluable.

Happily we have a strong bench and we again saw the quality of those waiting to be called into action. We also saw something very rare. Forest were awarded a penalty! Super Joe Mills scored with aplomb, earning the penalty taking role for the season.

Tuesday brings a cup tie at Charlton and we will probably play some fresh faces but it will be back to the promotion chase against Grimsby at the weekend.

I must praise are growing away support. The second-half against saw us in fine voice. Keep that up for the whole season folks, but can we have even greater numbers please.

Can I remind you all about the park and ride scheme operating from Renishaw.

The best has been left to last. The state of the pitch really pleased me against Oldham. The grass was much thicker than last season and I am sure will stand up well to the rigours of the season and that must give all the players confidence as has the form of our young goalkeeper Lewis Thomas who was outstanding on Saturday.