Steve Cooper raved about three Nottingham Forest players in a post-match interview with Nottinghamshire Live, following a 2-1 win against Bristol City.

The Reds trailed going into injury time, but a Lyle Taylor brace during the added period ensured a massive three points for Forest.

Cooper has been a revelation since checking in at the City Ground. He has overseen four wins and a draw with his team sat top of the Championship form table.

There is of course still plenty of work for Forest to do. The disastrous start to 2021/22 means there is still an element of playing catch up.

Forest seem to be rejuvenated under their new head coach. The players look, fitter, more confident and ultimately, as though they’re enjoying their football.

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After last night’s terrific comeback win, Cooper had some praise for his entire squad. He did, however, name-check three players who stood out.

He told Nottinghamshire Live: “The three lads who came on have had a good impact.

 

“Alex (Mighten) got them on the back foot. Joe (Lolley) did the same, taking up some good positions and being really positive.

“These are good players. And Lyle as well. All of the lads who haven’t played have just been brilliant professionals, they’ve waited their turn.”

Forest players up for Cooper chance

There will come a time when the Forest head coach has to make two or three changes to one of his teams, especially with the Christmas period on the horizon.

With that in mind, seeing his substitutes come onto the pitch and make a positive impressive must delight the Reds incumbent.

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BRISTOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 19: Daniel Bentley of Bristol City fails to save a penalty kick from Lyle Taylor of Nottingham Forest as he goes on to score his side’s first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Nottingham Forest at Ashton Gate on October 19, 2021 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Taylor, Mighten and Lolley all combined to help Forest score their winning goal and that clearly delighted Cooper.

The challenge for him now is to decide when to utilise a rotation policy and when to stick with a winning team.

Forest face Fulham at the weekend and it’ll be interesting to see if any of the praised trio can force their way into the starting eleven.

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