Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper has spoken of the powerful moment that made the hairs on the back of his neck stand up ahead of Saturday’s game with Millwall.
The ex-Swansea head coach took charge for the first time at the City Ground. His team collected a point with a dogged Millwall side playing their part in a 1-1 draw.
There were some positives though and fans will have left happy given that Forest stopped the rot on home soil.
Chris Hughton had overseen four defeats at the City Ground during 2021/22. He was given his marching orders following the last of those which came against Middlesbrough.
Cooper did all the right things on Saturday in terms of adhering himself to the Forest faithful.
He picked a team that was intended to attack the opposition and at the end of the game he gave all four stands his appreciation with a round of applause.
There was one aspect of the day that Cooper enjoyed though and it came before a ball was kicked.
The new head coach claimed that Mull of Kintyre sung prior to kick-off was an experience that he’ll cherish.
He told Nottinghamshire Live: “You get hairs on the back of your neck, don’t you? I’ve been here this season I’ve done some scouting, I’ve been a few times over the years, but to be here and be a part of it and to feel it.
“I spent more time looking at the supporters than the pitch. It’s powerful. We have to give them something to sing and be louder for.
“I’m so committed to doing that.”
Cooper hitting the right notes with Forest faithful
It is refreshing to hear a manager speak with a great degree of pride at just how happy he is to be working for the football club.
It’s early days but Cooper seems to get Forest. He seems to understand the fan base and appreciate what comes with being the head coach.
Hughton never really gave that impression of such passion and having a coach who relates to the fan base can only bode well.
Results will naturally dictate how Forest fans perceive Cooper but he’s certainly saying all the right things from the outset.