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2 tweaks Steve Cooper could make to his Nottingham Forest XI vs Millwall

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Steve Cooper will look to get his Nottingham Forest tenure off to the best possible start this afternoon.

The 41-year-old will take to the home dugout at the City Ground for the first time today as Millwall travel to the East Midlands.

Cooper watched on from afar as interim boss Steven Reid guided Forest to a 2-0 win against Huddersfield Town last weekend.

Lewis Grabban’s header and a Lee Nicholls own-goal saw the Reds leave West Yorkshire with all three points that day, having changed to a 3-4-3 formation.

Cooper is likely to stick with that formation having played variations of it during his time in South Wales with Swansea City.

Could we see a couple of tweaks made to the line-up, though? Here, we take a look at a couple that Cooper may consider…

Zinckernagel in?

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Zinckernagel missed last weekend with a slight ankle knock, but is expected to be available for selection this afternoon.

Zinckernagel has been a standout performer in the early parts of what has been a disappointing campaign for Forest.

The Danish winger scored one goal and registered three assists in his first three starts for the Reds, but has gone off the boil since.

Nevertheless, he is a versatile attacking option who can play on either flank, and we could see him recalled to the side today.

Mighten in?

Mighten is no stranger to Cooper having worked under the Reds’ new head coach during their time in the England youth setup.

Mighten is a young, exciting winger who had plenty of opportunities under Chris Hughton last season, without really given a regular run of games in the starting line-up.

Cooper spoke about the youngster in Thursday’s press conference, saying: “It’s been great to see Alex again. He’s a good kid and an exciting player.

“I’m glad he’s had some opportunities. Hopefully he can earn a few more.”

Would it make sense, then, for Cooper to start a player who he already knows quite well for his first game in charge?


Nottingham-based journalist who regularly covers Nottingham Forest home and away.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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