Huddersfield Town player Duane Holmes has heaped praise on Nottingham Forest after a 2-0 win for the Reds yesterday. Forest won courtesy of goals from Lewis Grabban and Lee Nicholls who scored an own goal.
The Terriers were put to the sword with goals in each half. For Forest, it was the first time they have won in the Championship during 2021/22. It came at the eighth attempt.
After the game, Holmes addressed the Huddersfield supporters, fronting up after a tricky afternoon for the home side in West Yorkshire.
He told the club’s official website: “They’re a lot better than the table suggests.
“They’re a squad full of good players, they have been for a whole, and obviously there might be a bit of a hangover from last season.
“I’m not surprised by how well they played.”
Given that Holmes is a former Derby player, and one who was known to appreciate the rivalry, these comments are perhaps intriguing.
He does have a point though. The Forest squad boasts some genuine quality and is far too good to be sat in 24th place in the table.
Forest return to home comforts next week when they face Millwall at the City Ground.
Can Forest survive relegation during 2021/22 and is Holmes right?
Holmes has a point. Forest’s squad has some serious quality but it needs a manager overseeing things that will utilise the key players.
Brennan Johnson and Joe Lolley were brilliant yesterday and they could really thrive in the right system.
If the new boss is Steve Cooper that could bode well given that he typically likes the same system that Steven Reid deployed yesterday.
This was a big win for the Reds but there is still work to do and this had to be the start of Forest’s campaign.