Michael Dawson has lauded the influence of Sabri Lamouchi on Nottingham Forest during an interview with TalkSPORT.
The Reds’ captain was speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (Wednesday 20/11; 8:15) and hailed the Frenchman following his arrival at the City Ground.
Forest are currently fifth in the Championship ahead of Saturday’s six-pointer with Bristol City and Dawson wants to keep progressing.
He told TalkSPORT: “We’re doing well since the manager has come in, he’s a top gaffer. He’s got the players playing to the best of their ability. There are so many teams in the mix.
“When I spoke to you six weeks ago, we have been chasing since and are holding on. We go to Bristol City on Saturday who are on the same points as us.”
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Forest will hope to continue their decent away form down at Ashton Gate. The Reds have won four games on their travels this season and face a Bristol City who are unbeaten in four games.
Dawson has recently returned to full fitness after picking up a calf injury against Stoke.
He will hope to be with the travelling party that heads to Bristol at the weekend but he will face a fight to get back in the team.
Tobias Figueiredo and Chema Rodriguez have both deputised with aplomb and it will be interesting to see who does start alongside Joe Worrall at the weekend.
Dawson had struck up a decent partnership with the academy graduate before his injury and Lamouchi will probably hope to pair the duo together once again.
It is perhaps interesting that Dawson has labelled Lamouchi a ‘top manager’.
His stock couldn’t be higher at the City Ground right now and it seems like Forest finally have the man to take them forward.
Seeing out a full season would be a massive achievement for Lamouchi. The trigger happy approach hasn’t worked well for Forest over the years and hopefully, the Reds can now gain some continuity.
It is great that the players are coming out publicly and backing him and three points at Bristol would be a superb outcome from a Forest perspective.