Nottingham Forest fans have given Cyrus Christie a virtual standing ovation for his performance in the 1-1 draw away at promotion hopefuls Brentford.
Right back Christie was outstanding as he performed two goal saving blocks, while also offered a strong presence going forward.
He also nearly scored as a thunderous effort from 25 yards took a slight deflection and just fizzed past Brentford stopper David Raya’s post.
It would be fair to say that the Republic of Ireland international hasn’t always had the backing of the supporters during his time on Trentside.
Initially, there were a lot of Forest fans who never really warmed to him – be that because he wasn’t the outgoing Matty Cash or because he used to play for Derby County – but that combined with a few solid but unspectacular 6/10 showings made him a scapegoat of sorts.
As such, when Christie did make mistakes or have a poor game, he was torn apart by fans, many of whom openly said that they couldn’t wait to see the back of him once his loan from Fulham expires.
However, such is the way with football, fans are notoriously fickle and over the last two months or so, Christie has quietly been winning them over.
His performances didn’t go unnoticed across the footballing world, with Christie making the WhoScored Championship Team of the Month for February, with an average rating of 7.0.
They are now being very much appreciated on Trentside and at the full time whistle, Twitter was full of fans praising the 28-year-old and in some instances, admitting they were wrong and that Forest should even try and keep him.
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