Nottingham Forest fans were delighted to see Britt Assombalonga return against Blackburn

The striker made his comeback as a substitute 14 months after suffering a serious knee injury.

Nottingham Forest fans have not had much to cheer about this season, but they were given a silver lining on Tuesday night as Britt Assombalonga made his long-awaited return to action after 14 months out with a knee problem suffered in February 2015.

The striker came on as a substitute for the final few minutes of a uninspiring 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers to a rousing reception from the City Ground faithful.

The match itself was a dull affair and will go down as another chance missed to secure three points after Paul Williams' side were pegged back after taking the lead.

Forest, with only one win from their previous 12 league games, went in front with virtually the first chance of match when Dexter Blackstock raced through to finish after a quarter of an hour.

That lead lasted just seven minutes, however, as Danny Graham just beat Dorus De Vries to the ball to equalise, and the hosts were unable to force the issue and secure the three points which would have mathematically secured their safety.

However, despite boasting just one win from 13 matches after Tuesday's result, it would take a minor miracle for Forest to go down, which was a source of small relief to some of the clubs' fans.

For others, however, this was just the latest in a long line of below-par performances indicative of the hugely disappointing season, given the hopes of challenging for the play-offs last summer.

Despite the uninspiring fare, the highlight of the match for the majority of Forest fans was undoubtedly the return of Assombalonga, who had become a fan favourite at the City Ground before his injury.

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