Steve Cooper hasn’t been in charge of Nottingham Forest for a full week. One comment after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Millwall will have absolutely delighted the fan base, however.
Forest were held by the Lions at the City Ground. Max Lowe equalised in the second half after Matt Smith had scored during the first 45.
Cooper will have dearly liked a win to kick off his Forest tenure. Indeed, some comments afterwards made a refreshing change from the Chris Hughton era.
Speaking to the press after the game, Cooper told Nottinghamshire Live: “We will be trying to win every game, that’s the mentality we will have, especially at home.
“I wanted an attacking bench, we only had one defender on the bench, because I wanted to go and win the game today.”
Under Hughton, Forest had become accustomed to a pragmatic approach. His stubbornness saw him very rarely move away from a rigid 4-2-3-1 system and it just never got going.
On Saturday, Cooper’s team weren’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination. They huffed and puffed at times and things were still a little disjointed.
A new style of football and the 3-4-3 shape will take some time to learn. It would seem, however, as though Forest do have the players and their attacking intent was more evident at times against Millwall.
No win but Cooper can excite Forest supporters
After a year of drab, tediously boring football, Cooper can provide Forest with a refreshing reprieve.
It will be music to the ears of supporters listening to the new boss speak of his thought process with regards to his bench at the weekend.
Jack Colback, Joao Carvalho and Gaetan Bong were the unused outfield options and Forest have plenty of options.
It could take a little bit of time to implement a new style but the Reds look to have found a manager who gets the club in Cooper.
So far he is saying and doing the right things and hopefully a run of wins isn’t too far away for Forest.