Gary Rowett refused to lambast Jed Wallace after his performance despite his error in the lead up to Nottingham Forest’s second goal.

With minutes to play Wallace was caught in possession by Albert Adomah on the halfway line as he tried to dribble past his man.

Adomah put Sammy Ameobi through who squared it to Lewis Grabban to tap home in the 87th minute and to what looked like an unlikely win after going behind to Shaun Williams’s first half opener.

Wallace’s blushes were spared however as Aiden O’Brien reacted quickest to Samba Brice’s fumbling of Williams’s long range effort to square the tie in injury time.

“The goal came after we changed our shape to get Jed in the middle,” Rowett said.  

“He knows he can’t overplay in that area, he can’t take those risks.

“But I can put up with it after his first half display, it was absolutely brilliant.

“I thought it was as good a 45minutes as I’ve seen anyone in the Championship play.

“I have to accept that occasionally he will make those decisions trying to play.

“I don’t want to stifle his creativity, he’s got to learn to get better at where and when he does it but I have to half accept it because of his brilliance up the pitch.”

Another Rowett was full of praise for was O’Brien, who the manager admitted would be frustrated with the lack of game time he’s been getting.

“We had great impact of bench,” he added.

“He’s not played much football, not had many opportunities and he could’ve easily not had that impact but he’s trained well and deserved that goal.”