Jack Colback has praised the impact that Steve Cooper has had on Nottingham Forest, aiming a slight dig at Chris Hughton in the process.

The Reds midfielder was the player who emerged from the tunnel to speak to BBC Radio Nottingham after yesterday’s game.

Colback was once again named in the starting eleven by Cooper. He kept his place following a decent showing against Birmingham before the international break.

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He didn’t disappoint either, showcasing a real desire to prove himself to the Forest supporters once again. His partnership with Ryan Yates really worked and proved the catalyst for a Reds win.

After the game, he was quizzed on Cooper since his arrival and he put his finger on where he thought the upturn in fortunes had come from.

He told BBC Radio Nottingham: “At 1-0 there’s always the threat and you might concede. We did that but we responded well and that’s perhaps something we wouldn’t have done until the new manager came in.

“We’ve changed the way we want to play. The manager has come in from a background where he wants us to play good football and I’ve always believed we’ve got the players to do that.

“You can’t set up in a generic formation every week and not change things and expect results to change. He identifies things and he’s very clear on the training ground.”

Colback revival is just the tonic for Forest

The 31-year-old was one of the biggest disappointments for the Reds last season. He struggled after missing the entire 2019/20 campaign and struggled to get up to speed.

Colback also seemed somewhat lost earlier this season. Now, however, it seems apparent that Hughton’s stubbornness to change his rigid 4-2-3-1 style was hampering many players.

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Like a lot of the Forest squad, Colback appears to be enjoying his football once again. He was given a standing ovation by the City Ground yesterday and he thoroughly deserved it.

It’s always interesting to see how the complexion changes when a new manager comes in. Cooper has got to work quickly and introducing Colback looks like a masterstroke on current form.

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