A glorious free-kick from former player Lewis McGugan could not prevent Nottingham Forest from moving to the top of the Championship after a 1-1 draw at Watford on Sunday.
The visitors took a sixth-minute lead at Vicarage Road when Andy Reid met Jamie Mackie's cut-back with a crisp drive that soared into the top-right corner from the edge of the box.
Forest almost doubled their lead on the cusp of half-time when former Arsenal midfielder Henri Lansbury saw a right-foot shot bounce back off the base of the left-hand post.
McGugan equalised nine minutes into the second half, bending a 25-yard free-kick into the top-left corner from wide on the right, but having spent seven years at Forest, he did not celebrate.
Forest nearly snatched the points at the death, but substitute Ishmael Miller saw his curling shot strike the post after breaking clear.
The draw ended a run of three straight wins for Forest, but it was still enough to take Billy Davies's side to the top of the standings in the English second tier.
In the day's late match, FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic continue their campaign to return to the Premier League with a home game against Middlesbrough.