Tom Cairney said it was a back to basics Fulham who earned themselves a point at Nottingham Forest.

The August player of the month nominee struck from close range in the second half to cancel out a Nicklas Bendtner goal, his first for Forest.

It might not have been a win, but it was better than the 4-0 mauling at home to Bristol City on Saturday, as Cairney readily agreed.

“We went back to basics and defended a bit like we did at the start of the season,” the midfielder said.

At the start of the season, this is what Cairney had to say.

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“It was one step forward, although it would have been once to finish with all three points.

“I think they had a great chance, first half, but overall we dominated football wise - and we feel a bit disappointed not to get the win.”

Cairney scratched his head as to why Fulham are winless in six. In fact, the last time they grabbed three points was Cairney’s last minute hit that did for his old club Blackburn at the end of August.

“I don’t know why we’ve had a loss of form,” he said. “A mini blip? Maybe we got carried away with ourselves and stopped doing what we were doing.

“We went back to defending right at Forest.”

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