Nottingham Forest claimed their first win over Derby County for nearly four years, running out 1-0 victors at the City Ground last night.
The Reds are now unbeaten in four and as a result, they sit just three points adrift of a play-off place.
Ex-Leicester defender Yohan Benalouane secured the massive win by netting his first goal for the club after just 74 seconds.
Martin O’Neill has worked wonders in such a short space of time and already the Reds are looking harder to beat.
Forest were made to work hard defensively but Costel Pantilimon in goal had very little to do on a quiet night for the stopper.
With Bristol City and Derby still holding games in hand on the Reds, it would still take a remarkable run to gatecrash the play-offs.
Forest will be reliant on others dropping points but all O’Neill’s men can do is continue to pile the pressure on their rivals.
Last night’s matchwinner Benalouane arrived on Trentside as an unknown quantity but could well leave a cult hero.
The Tunisian has a broken bone in his skull but has strapped a mask on and got on with doing his job in recent weeks.
Benalouane is looking like one of the best pieces of business Forest have done in many years and he already looks integral to the Reds’ fortunes.
Following the contest last night, the defender took to Twitter, saying:
What a night 🔥, stadium on fire @officialnffc massive win 3 points tonigth #game #battle #coyr #reds #nottingham #nottinghamforest amazing support #yb29pablopicasso #hitmanbenalouane 🦅🔴 pic.twitter.com/GgafL0utBO
— Benalouane Yohan (@YohanBenalouane) February 25, 2019
The loyal Reds supporters were quick to thank Benalouane for another resolute performance.
Seat Pitch rounded up the best tweets in reaction to the performance of the Forest central defender…
U were brilliant tonight
— feed me San Miguel (@connysburger) February 25, 2019
i am in love with you, YOU sir deserve the world😍
— evie chawner (@eviechawnerx) February 25, 2019
You and Alexander: YOUR NAME’S NOT ON THE LIST. YOU’RE NOT COMING IN. Solid.
— Polo (@Last_Orders_) February 25, 2019
You were unreal tonight! One of the best defensive performance’s in a Derby match for years. Great poachers finish as well
— Jamie Stone (@JamieStone1986) February 25, 2019
— Isaac Jennings (@isaacjennings80) February 25, 2019
You’re already becoming a hero mate keep it up 💪
— Terry Howard (@terencenffc) February 26, 2019
That was a performance legends are made from, absolutely rock solid. MoM for me by far! ❤ #reddog
— Hoppo (@LouiseHopkin) February 25, 2019
Absolute beast of a performance. Yourself and Milosevic look impenetrable
— MOD RED (@ModReds) February 25, 2019
Just back to West Devon – easy miles after that performance! You were a rock tonight💪🏽 Great performance, well played!
— Bryan Smith (@Miggins_Pies) February 26, 2019
You were immense tonight pal. Fantastic 👍⚽️
— Gray Bolam (@graybforest) February 25, 2019
Benalouane is just a beast #nffc
— Paul Taylor (@nottmtails) February 25, 2019
Benalouane was man of the match for me, cleared absolutely everything that got thrown at him. Fantastic performance 👏🏼 #NFFC
— Lucy (@Lucy_Hamson) February 25, 2019
Easily one of the best nights ever at the City Ground, absolutely bouncing. Benalouane is already a club legend alongside John McGovern and Colback is worth an easy £95 million. Happy days
— Tom Banks (@tmkbanks) February 25, 2019
Benalouane has to be MOTM, right? 🔴 #NFFC
— Jon Jackson (@jonners) February 25, 2019