Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Fulham 1.
Nicklas Bendtner scored his first Nottingham Forest goal but Fulham hit back for a deserved draw.
Bendtner, who struck the bar with a thunderous 25-yard strike before the break, volleyed the hosts ahead.
Fulham levelled when Tom Cairney slotted the ball in from close range after the Reds failed to clear.
The visitors, who like Forest are now winless in five games, pushed for a winner but wasted late chances in a game full of poor finishing.
Former Arsenal striker Bendtner, one of six changes from Saturday's last-minute defeat against Sheffield Wednesday, had two glorious opportunities to open the scoring.
His first effort came thudding back off the bar, but his second chance should have found the net. The Dane kept his shot low from Mustapha Carayol's pull-back but was far from convincing allowing keeper David Button to save with his feet.
In between, Fulham had an even better opportunity with Matt Smith's point-blank header somehow kept out by a breathtaking one-handed stop from Reds keeper Vladimir Stojkovic.
More missed chances followed after the interval, notably when the otherwise impressive Sone Aluko hooked the ball over the bar from two yards when it seemed impossible to miss.
But after Cairney side-footed in Scott Malone's cross, Fulham pressed for a winner and came close to finding it, Smith having a strike ruled out for offside and substitute Chris Martin forcing another fine save from Stojkovic.
Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier:
"It was a tough and physical game and it could easily have ended 3-3. There were plenty of opportunities for both teams and it was played at a high tempo. It was important for us to have a decent result after three defeats to end this bad period.
"I thought if we scored first then we would go on to win the game, then again if Fulham had got the first goal then they could have thoroughly protected the lead and won.
"I made six changes - Fulham made five - and some of the players were very tired while Henri Lansbury was suspended and so we needed to freshen it up. It will be good for us to have the international break to recuperate and have a good break, the players need it."
Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic:
"My team showed a reaction after the embarrassing game against Bristol City but I am disappointed we didn't score a second and win the game. We created enough chances to have won the game but if we stay calm then the goals will come.
"The whole team played well, we all worked together and created plenty of chances and there is improvement to come.
"We have to be confident on the ball and be organised. Our one big problem is at home, when we don't have the ball, but we did that very well. Our movement was very good. We have to follow this up now."
- 13FoxBooked at 78mins
- 18CarayolSubstituted forPereira Carneiroat 55'minutes
- 12DumitruBooked at 40minsSubstituted forPereiraat 72'minutes
- 14BendtnerSubstituted forVelliosat 89'minutes
- 20Pereira Carneiro
- 17R Sigurdsson
- 3MaloneSubstituted forR Sessegnonat 81'minutes
- 20PiazonSubstituted forMartinat 68'minutes
- 10CairneySubstituted forAdeniranat 89'minutes
- 23Sánchez Ruiz
- 30R Sessegnon
- Darren Bond
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Fulham 1.
Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.
Attempt missed. Ragnar Sigurdsson (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Sone Aluko with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Damien Perquis.
Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Vladimir Stojkovic.
Attempt saved. Chris Martin (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass.
Substitution, Fulham. Dennis Adeniran replaces Tom Cairney.
Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Apostolos Vellios replaces Nicklas Bendtner.
Foul by Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham).
Licá (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Damien Perquis (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.
Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Denis Odoi.
Attempt blocked. Nicklas Bendtner (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Nicklas Bendtner (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Mancienne with a headed pass.
Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Tim Ream.
Attempt missed. Licá (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Osborn with a cross.
Offside, Fulham. Chris Martin tries a through ball, but Matt Smith is caught offside.
Attempt saved. Chris Martin (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott Parker.
Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).