The Warmdown: Scott Dann equaliser earns Reading a point against Forest
Andy Carroll of Reading runs with the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Nottingham Forest at Madejski Stadium on November 20, 2021 in Reading, England. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

Scott Dann's second half finish earned Reading a 1-1 draw against Nottingham Forest on Saturday afternoon.

The defender slotted in from a corner, cancelling out Philip Zinckernagel's early goal. Zinckernagel glided past multiple Reading players before calmly finishing to give Forest the lead inside five minutes.

The draw leaves Reading in 20th place in the Championship, just two points clear of the relegation zone, whilst Forest are in 13th place.

Here is our warmdown of the game, where we go over the key talking points.

Andy Carroll was a lift on and off the pitch

Reading signed former England striker Andy Carroll, and he made his highly anticipated debut when he came on as a sub yesterday at 0-1 - and you could tell he gave everyone on and off the pitch a massive boost, purely because of his presence. His ability to win headers and knock the ball down for oncoming players - most notably George Puscas - proved pivotal for the last half an hour.

Max Lowe will be a big miss for Forest

Left-back Max Lowe has been great for Forest this season, after signing on loan from Sheffield United in the summer. However he has suffered an injury blow, coming off after just half an hour with a groin injury. Forest manager Steve Cooper confirmed post-match that he should only be out for a week or so, but with the next best option being Gaetan Bong - who has underperformed in his time at Forest - this should be a slight worry for Reds fans.

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Both sides lacked a cutting edge

There were plenty of chances in this game that both sides should have taken, and both will definitely rue those missed chances. Lewis Grabban will be most upset, as he arguably missed two big opportunities to score, his first when he had his shot cleared off the line, despite having the option of two open players to square it too, and the other when he took it around the keeper, only to blast into the side netting.