Coventry boss Mark Robins has lauded Brennan Johnson for his efforts during Sunday’s 2-1 defeat for Forest against the Sky Blues.

The Reds held a lead from the 36th minute but conceded twice in the final nine minutes to lose the game.

Forest have to learn quickly if they’re to enjoy a successful campaign and this hasn’t done anything to lift the spirits ahead of future endeavours.

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After the game, City boss Robins had some kind words for Forest and in particular for Johnson who assisted Lyle Taylor’s goal.


He told the Coventry Telegraph: “Ultimately it was a well-worked goal. The ball round the back of our defenders from Johnson was truly outstanding and Lyle Taylor just makes his run to that position all the time and gets a tap in.”

Forest sent their fans home disappointed and stretching back to last season, it’s now eight games without tasting victory.

Johnson’s impact was certainly a positive though. He was impressive throughout and showed Ben Sheaf a clean set of heels to set up Taylor for his goal.

Forest need to improve though and there will be certain aspects of the contest that won’t have delighted the Reds fan base.

Chris Hughton has come in for some criticism since the Sunday defeat and he must now send his team out to put on a performance in midweek.

Johnson set to become Forest favourite

The youngster was a real standout performance for the Reds at the weekend. It was a poor performance by Forest on the whole, particularly in the second half, although Johnson did well.

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He clearly looks revitalised following his loan spell at Lincoln City last season. He scored 13 goals and claimed 14 assists for the Imps who reached the League One play-off final.

Johnson has to be kept at Forest and the hope will be that a new deal can be agreed to keep the 20-year-old at the football club.

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