Last time they met: Forest will have point to prove following controversial defeat
2-2, December 1, 2012: If recent history is anything to go by, Nottingham Forest face a tough test against Hull City today. The Reds have collected only one point from their previous five meetings with the Tigers – suffering four consecutive defeats. The last time Forest beat Hull was 36 years ago, when they triumphed 2-0 at the City Ground. But the most recent of their defeats will be most fresh in the minds of those of a red persuasion. On December 1, 2012, then Forest manager Sean O'Driscoll opted to match up against Hull's three-man central defence with a similar approach. It was a decision he later admitted made him look like "the devil incarnate" to many Forest fans, who hungered for the four-man back-line that had been central to many of their previous successes. What was certain was that Forest's approach made for a tight, tactical encounter that was more a game of chess than a game of football. But it was Hull City who made the vital moves, to ultimately edge a 2-1 win that left O'Driscoll under fire for the first time. Forest went into the break level at 1-1 after a Billy Sharp penalty cancelled out an earlier spot kick from Robert Koren. The second half was an evenly contested affair, with Forest perhaps edging it in terms of chances to snatch all three points. But the Reds were unquestionably left with a sense of injustice by the manner of Hull's winning goal. Defender Paul McShane very clearly swept the ball into the back of the net with a swinging arm (pictured), but referee Gavin Ward allowed the goal to stand – and Hull to take all three points.