Nottingham Forest’s resurgence under Steve Cooper continued this weekend as they hammered Preston 3-0 at the City Ground.
Two goals from Lewis Grabban, either side of a fine Jack Colback volley, ensured a comfortable afternoon for the Reds and it saw the team jump up to 13th in the Championship.
That is a remarkable position for Forest to be in considering they were in the relegation zone when Cooper took over, and whilst they still have work to do, they can now look up the table.
And, here we look at THREE things we learnt following the big win…
Steve Cooper is making a major impact
This was further evidence, not that it was needed, that Cooper has really transformed the club.
The side were solid without the ball and ruthless in front of goal, with his decision to go with a back four totally vindicated as the team scored three goals.
His record since taking over has been superb and Cooper deserves plenty of credit for getting his ideas across to the players so quickly.
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The team have quality
This also showed that Forest are a team that has quality.
Defensively they were solid on the whole, with Joe Worrall and Scott McKenna again impressing, whilst Jack Colback and Ryan Yates have been excellent since the new boss came in.
When you add in bright young talents like Alex Mighten and Brennan Johnson to go with a proven scorer like Grabban, there’s a lot to like for Forest. They aren’t fluking these results, Cooper has got the team playing to their potential.
Confidence is high
Finally, the manner of the win over North End will have given more belief to all connected to Forest that this season could still turn out to be a memorable one.
They are now just four points away from the play-off places, so it’s natural that they will be looking to break into the top six.
Of course, they need to maintain the standards they’ve set in recent weeks, but Forest will believe it’s possible now.