Ian Holloway has raved about Steve Cooper after his Nottingham Forest team secured a third straight victory. The Reds beat Blackpool and the ex-Tangerines boss lauded the head coach on EFL On Quest.

Following Chris Hughton’s sacking, Holloway made a quip about the state of the club that left Forest fans disgruntled. It was seemingly a dig that the club had parted with Hughton in the first place.

Last night, however, there really was nowhere to hide. Holloway had little choice but to replace the man who has brought a refreshing sense of optimism to the City Ground.

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Forest beat Blackpool 2-1 on Trentside. Brennan Johnson scored in the first half before Jerry Yates equalised during the second 45. The Reds weren’t to be denied though and Lewis Grabban tapped home from close-range shortly after.

Holloway was asked to give a verdict on Cooper amid his comments a month ago by host Colin Murray. It’s fair to say that he’s already being won over by Cooper’s work at Forest.

He told EFL On Quest: “A+ I would say. Absolutely. That’s 10 points out of 12 but it’s the difference he seems to have brought there and that’s a tough group. It’s a group of players who have been underperforming for quite a while.

“The fans are loving it, there was a great atmosphere there today. They seem freed up, they’re moving forward, scoring goals and they were very good today.

Holloway wrong to question Cooper at Forest all along

Forest fans will be stunned at this news! Holloway has backtracked on Cooper quicker than it took the Reds to replace Martin O’Neill with Sabri Lamouchi in 2019!

The sooner people who have been in the game an awfully long time stop defending Chris Hughton, the better. The departed Forest boss has been a good manager in the past but at the City Ground, things were turgid at times.

This season he made lots of excuses regarding personnel and systems, whilst Cooper has gone into the club, ripped up the way of playing and is starting to reap the rewards.

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Hughton will probably struggle to get himself another job after his failed Forest tenure. Holloway defending him last month clearly suggests he has a lot of respect for Hughton having crossed paths during their careers.

Forest are in a much better place now, however, and long may the run of winning games continue.

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