Confidence is sky-high at Nottingham Forest right now. The 2-1 win over Bristol City on Tuesday night came in dramatic circumstances. After the game, Joe Lolley and Max Lowe had a bit of fun with Ryan Yates on Instagram.

The 23-year-old midfielder has started every Championship game for Forest this season. He has grown in confidence under Steve Cooper and he looks like the perfect manager for him at this stage of his development.

Forest ace Yates is approaching a century of appearances in the first team since graduating from the academy. Right now, he’s striving for consistency and of late he’s shown flashes of brilliance.

At Bristol City, the central midfielder partnered on-loan Manchester United man James Garner. Both players did okay, although it proved a tough game against a Bristol City team desperate for a home win.

Yates’ energy proved one of the keys to victory though. He remained on the pitch as Lyle Taylor scored twice in stoppage time to see the Reds claim a massive three points.

What have Lolley and Lowe said about Forest midfielder Yates?

This level of banter and comical taste will go down well with the Forest fan base for certain. The team spirit seems extremely high at the moment and that seems to stretch to social media too.


Lowe is a firm fan favourite despite only being at the club for a matter of weeks since arriving on loan from Sheffield United. His performances have been a joy to behold, with many fans wanting him to sign permanently already.

He has suggested that Yates is akin to Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson. Lowe posted the comment on the Forest midfielder’s Instagram post, with Lolley replying to the message.

The 29-year-old suggested he was more like a Manchester United star. He suggested that Yates’ style is similar to that of Paul Pogba instead!

Of course, this was all just a bit of fun and Yates has some way to go to emulate either of those two players.

Forest will just hope that the academy graduate stays bang in form and can help the Reds enjoy a solid 2021/22 campaign.

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