There were plenty of similarities between the post-match interviews of Billy Davies and Paul Dickov following their respective Tuesday night fixtures.
Both faced questions about key refereeing decisions. Both were keen to praise the never say die attitude of their sides.
Unlike his Rovers counterpart, Nottingham Forest boss Davies would not be drawn on his opinion of referee Phil Dowd, looking to protect himself from a potential ban.
But he waxed lyrical about his side’s virtues following their comeback for a 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough.
“The one thing you can say about this group is that they never give in – never,” Davies said. They have a fantastic energy and spirit about them – and that is what makes me proud.
“I said to the players at the end of the match that I was very proud of their performance and their effort.
“I am always confident in this group, because they never know when they are beaten. Even at 2-0 down.”
The two goalscorers in Tuesday night’s game have ensured a selection headache for Davies.
Both Matt Derbyshire and Darius Henderson came off the bench to score, putting severe pressure on starters Jamie Mackie and Simon Cox who have both only managed one goal apiece so far.
Davies said: “Darius Henderson might end up surprising a few people now, with the goals he scores.
“He is a big help to the team and he is a fantastic leader.”
Forest are expected to make a loan signing before their trip to the Keepmoat with a defensive midfielder top of the priority list.
Chelsea youngster Nathaniel Chalobah has been heavily linked with a move to the City Ground.
Kelvin Wilson is a doubt for Forest after suffering a back spasm against Middlesbrough with Greg Halford ready to deputise.