Nottingham Forest head coach Steve Cooper has lauded the impact of Jack Colback during last night’s 3-1 win over Barnsley (Forest TV).

The Reds secured victory after second-half goals by Philip Zinckernagel, Brennan Johnson and Lewis Grabban.

Cauley Woodrow had given Barnsley the lead at half-time. He scored a penalty after a foul from Tobias Figueiredo.

Colback has fallen down the pecking order somewhat of late. He was barely used by Chris Hughton last season and has struggled for game time during 2021/22.

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Last night he played the final 19 minutes of the contest and produced a pretty steady display in the midfield engine room.

After the game, the experienced midfield player earned praise from his boss who raved about his performance.

Cooper told Forest TV: “Jack Colback was excellent when he came on. Some of Jack’s positional play, his picking up of second balls and his calm decision-making was important.

Colback enjoyed two successful loan spells at Forest and signed permanently ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.

Last season was a tough one for the 31-year-old as he struggled to get into his stride after months out injured the season previous.

He made 17 appearances but played just 39 minutes since the turn of the year.

Can Colback rediscover his best form under new Forest head coach?

There is enough from last night’s performance to suggest that Colback can still play a part this season.

After the forthcoming international break, the games come thick and fast and Cooper will need to utilise his squad.

Colback looked lively when he came on last night and even found himself on the edge of Barnsley’s box forcing a save out of Bradley Collins at one point.

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James Garner and Ryan Yates have been the first choice midfield pairing during the last few matches.

As the games start to come thick and fast, Cooper might look to shuffle his pace somewhat.

That could see a door swing open for Colback and on last night’s showing he still has plenty to offer the new-look Forest team.

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