MARK WARBURTON praised the spirit of his Nottingham Forest players after their 2-2 draw with Derby on Saturday.
It was the Englishman’s first time in a dug-out since his controversial departure from Rangers in February.
He had last taken charge of the Ibrox side in the 1-1 Premiership home draw with Ross County six days earlier.
However, after last week’s appointment at the City Ground, Warburton was delighted to witness his new side snatch a stoppage-time equaliser against Derby.
He said: “The most pleasing thing was the character the players showed to get control of the game again.
“It would have been very upsetting not to to take something from the game.
“After a really pleasing first-half, it was frustrating to find yourself 2-1 down. But they showed great character and that got the late reward.
“We deserved the point.
“We have been with the players for three days, you ask them to do certain things, you don’t want to change too much at short notice, but you ask them to get on the ball, to be brave and pass the ball.
“In the first-half, they showed they can do that. We challenged them, they dealt with it and that is very pleasing.”
Daniel Pinillos grabbed the late leveller after Warburton’s new side had got off to a flying start with a Zach Clough goal in five minutes.
Matej Vydra equalised after the break before David Nugent headed in six minutes later, but Pinillos’ effort earned a point to keep the team out of the drop zone.