Steve Cooper has enjoyed an excellent start to life in charge of Nottingham Forest, with the first international break now upon us.
Cooper has yielded seven points from his first three games at the helm, and there is a very positive feel surrounding the club at the moment.
In his first game at the helm, the Reds came from behind to earn a point against Millwall in a 1-1 home draw.
But two games on the road have seen Forest produce their best performances under the Welshman scoring three or more goals in successive away games for the first time since February 2015.
Forest won 3-1 at Barnsley on Wednesday thanks to goals from Philip Zinckernagel, Brennan Johnson and Lewis Grabban.
Then, on Saturday, Grabban, Ryan Yates and Djed Spence put Birmingham to the sword, as Forest ran out 3-0 winners at St. Andrew’s.
Speaking after the game at St. Andrew’s, Cooper expressed his delight at the win, and his comments on one specific matter has typified his fearless, attack-minded outlook on the game.
He said: “If you play with a back three, there’s got to be a real emphasis on one of the centre-backs stepping in and starting attacks.
“If you have three centre-backs staying back, then you are only attacking with seven – and I don’t want to do that.”
Naturally, Forest fans have been left delighted at these comments, having witnessed drab football and a lack of firepower under Chris Hughton.
Here’s what they had to say…
— Adam Whale (@Forest_Chat) October 3, 2021
I can see a rainbow https://t.co/EDItYiZZNJ
— Superreds (@superreds1973) October 2, 2021
As an #nffc fan, this is music to my ears after 18 months of shut up shop football. Hope an identity is coming back. We’ve got the players to improve and 1/2 older heads that have been playing with horse traps on their ankles. Work should be a good craic regardless of profession https://t.co/W4g35f1Fs8
— Scott Eley 💙 (@eleywrites) October 2, 2021
What a manager🔥 https://t.co/Ar9hnZmecK
— calum kirk 🏴 (@calumkirk1) October 2, 2021
"Only attacking with 7"
That's refreshing. Under CH, we were only attacking with 3 at most. https://t.co/nXoW3Pj7Qf
— Caz (@Caz_NFFC) October 2, 2021
— Liam Keogh (@lknffc) October 2, 2021
I can’t believe what I’m reading – a manager who wants players to go forward and make attacks and score goals.
— Elliott Jacob Stockdale (@EJStockdale) October 2, 2021