Nottingham Forest were handed their second consecutive Championship defeat of the season by Bournemouth yesterday but many fans have been raving about the performance of Philip Zinckernagel.
After starring in the EFL Cup win against Bradford City in midweek, the Watford loanee was handed his first league start in a Forest shirt at the City Ground yesterday and certainly didn’t disappoint.
After David Brooks had put the Cherries ahead, the 26-year-old produced a moment of real quality to pull the hosts back level as his curling free-kick allowed Scott McKenna to head in.
Phillip Billing’s second goal of the season put Scott Parker’s side back in the lead and despite going down to 10 men after Brooks’ red card, they were able to hold out to earn all three points.
Forest may have suffered a second defeat on the bounce in the Championship but the performance of Zinckernagel was certainly one of the positives.
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On top of his assist, the winger made 10 crosses, was successful in five of his eight dribbles, won 10 of his 18 ground duels, made four tackles, and saw a curling strike tipped around the post late in the game (Sofascore).
The Dane certainly seems to have impressed the City Ground faithful, with many Forest fans taking to Twitter to voice their thoughts…
Another zink assist he’s gonna be a good signing for us
— Matthew Grace (@mjgrace82) August 14, 2021
Zinckernagel has settled in brilliantly and looks like he's going to chip in with plenty of assists this season. #NFFC
— Steve Stone's Mullet (@RedDogCam) August 15, 2021
I’ll end on a positive… Philip Zinckernagel is a very good footballer and should have been MOTM. Also really enjoyed the game on Wednesday with the young lads playing so the future is bright! #nffc
— Newman (@A_Newman14) August 15, 2021
4/5 it took the best player on the park in Zinckernagel to drop deep into midfield at times to do that job for them. Carvalho should have happened 15mins earlier, minimum. Unfortunately, never been more sure that CH doesn’t see out the season. #NFFC
— Chris Kearney (@AnalyticsForest) August 14, 2021
Thought the 2 new signings looked good today as a positive. Zinckernagel looks a very good technical player & Osei-Tutu just looked like what seen of him before, really quick who can take people on & carry the ball forward. Confident both of them will get better as well. #NFFC
— ReissNFFC (@ReissNFFC) August 14, 2021
One positive was Zinckernagel, and I thought Lolley looked much better today too #NFFC
— Daniel (@dan_nbry) August 14, 2021
Zinckernagel looked quality today tbf and I thought Yates had a solid game in the middle #nffc
— Pondo (@el_pond0) August 14, 2021
Not a great result, but still some positives to take.
Zinckernagel looked fantastic, as did Osei-Tutu despite playing on the left.
Whilst not much of a goal threat, Taylor’s link up play was great.
Gabriel wasn’t great, really looked out of his depth. #NFFC
— Francis Moore (@FrancisMJourno) August 14, 2021