Former Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Mark Crossley has lavished praise on midfielder Ryan Yates after his performance in the 1-1 draw at Luton.

The 22-year-old academy graduate was awarded the Man of the Match accolade by Sky Sports for his tireless effort and commitment to the cause.

Yates has started every game since Chris Hughton replaced Sabri Lamouchi and the midfielder looks like becoming an important player.

Crossley knows all about coming through the ranks at Forest. He was a mainstay in the team throughout the nineties helping the Reds to an FA Cup Final in 1991.

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Yates’ determination helped the Reds force an equaliser through a Glen Rea own goal and his box-to-box skills are developing.

Crossley worked with the youngster when he went on loan to Notts County where Crossley was on Kevin Nolan’s coaching staff.

He played 29 games for the Magpies, scoring six goals and registering three assists at Meadow Lane.


Crossley is clearly a big fan and replied to a supporters Tweet suggesting as much last night.


Yates is still learning his trade but few can deny that he is coming of age somewhat.

He does seem to be winning more of his critics over with plenty believing Yates has been Forest’s best player this season.

At 22 there is plenty of time for the Reds youngster to continue improving.

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The challenge for him is to maintain his place in the team amid a plethora of talent and strike up some consistency.

Crossley saw first hand what the last three Forest bosses clearly have. Martin O’Neill, Sabri Lamouchi and now Hughton have all trusted Yates as a focal point of the team.

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