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Nicklas Bendtner scored his first Nottingham Forest goal but Fulham hit back for a deserved draw.

Bendtner, who hit 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 that featured 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 and David Button saved 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.