For the first time this season, Nottingham Forest have had players selected for the official Championship Team of the Week.

Philip Zinckernagel, Djed Spence and Brice Samba have all been selected after the Reds beat Birmingham 3-0.

Spence put the seal on Forest’s win, with Lewis Grabban and Ryan Yates also among the goals.

Zinckernagel claimed two assists, whilst Samba kept Birmingham at bay with a string of fine saves, particularly in the second half.

Blues boss Lee Bowyer actually called Samba ‘unbelievable’ for his standout performance.

Forest have now collected 10 points from four games since Chris Hughton was forced to walk the plank.

Steve Cooper has overseen wins over Barnsley and Birmingham, with the game against Millwall ending in a 1-1 draw.

Forest also beat Huddersfield in September, although that game was overseen by interim boss Steven Reid.

The Reds now have a two-week break, with Blackpool next on the agenda at the City Ground.

After a turbulent start to 2021/22, Forest are now looking up. Under Cooper, the team has looked more confident and are starting to play on the front foot.

Have Forest turned a corner?

Steady on! The team are playing some really good football and ultimately goals are now being scored.

In beating Huddersfield, Forest proved they can mix it with the better teams in the division. At the time, the Terriers were fifth, yet had no answer to Forest.

Barnsley and Birmingham were both opponents at a time when things were going awfully for them on the pitch. As a result, Forest may have been disappointed not to leave both games without maximum points.

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A tough run of fixtures awaits after the latest international break. Forest will face some in-form teams and will perhaps get a better indication of what sort of season they can achieve.

It made for a nice change to see three Forest players in the Team of the Week. The Reds will hope to continue seeing their players picked and if they stay in form, the accolades should keep rolling in.

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