Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper lauded the performance of defender Djed Spence after yesterday’s 1-1 draw against Millwall.

The Reds were forced to come from behind at the City Ground. Matt Smith opened the scoring with his annual goal on Trentside before Max Lowe equalised in the second half.

It was Cooper’s first game in charge and there were certainly some positive signs. Forest played with more desire to go forward and actually finished the game with more possession.

Of course, it’s just a point though and in the current predicament, wins are desperately required.

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After the game Cooper did have praise for one player, stating that he didn’t think another player was too far behind in terms of performance level.

He told Nottinghamshire Live: “The wing-backs were outstanding, both of them. Djed (Spence) got the Man of the Match and I agree with that. I don’t think Max was too far behind him too.

“When you play three at the back, you need wing-backs who do a bit of everything including running up and down the pitch all game.

“They did that.”

Spence a diamond that Forest must try and keep

With each passing performance, it seems more bizarre that Middlesbrough loaned out the right-sided wing-back.

The 21-year-old has been in stunning form since signing for the club and has arguably been Man of the Match in all three games he’s played.

Spence is seen as a future Boro star, although Neil Warnock simply doesn’t seem to fancy him right now.

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If there is an inkling that Forest can sign Spence permanently then it’s a deal that simply has to be done.

It’s not too long ago that the defender was attracting interest from Tottenham and Rangers and the boy is clearly talented.

Cooper has a knack of getting a tune out of younger players and in Spence, Forest could hit the jackpot.

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