Nottingham Forest forward Philip Zinckernagel has heaped praise on two Reds stars during an interview with The Athletic.

The 26-year-old is on loan from Watford and he netted the Forest goal during a 1-1 draw at Reading on Saturday.

It was his third goal of the campaign and sits alongside six assists for the campaign in all competitions.

Zinckernagel has proved an eye-catching addition to the City Ground ranks and boasts real quality.

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Given how modest he is though, he took time to praise other members of the team after his goalscoring efforts at the weekend.

Two Forest players, in particular, came into his thoughts after the game, with the Dane heaping praise on Ryan Yates and Jack Colback.

He told The Athletic: “It is sort of like having two bulldogs behind me, working together. It gives you some space; it is good for offensive players to have that.

“I am not saying that I do not need to work hard – but it gives me a little bit of extra time to focus on the offensive part of things. So that is great. They work very hard.”

Forest will be forced into breaking up the stunning midfield partnership when Luton arrive on Trentside tomorrow.

Yates will miss out after picking up a one-match ban after collecting a fifth yellow card at the weekend.

Integral: Zinckernagel right to praise Forest duo

If Steve Cooper had said from the outset that Yates and Colback would be his midfield pairing, plenty of supporters would have been up in arms.

Chris Hughton utilised the two earlier in the season when he adopted an ultra-defensive style of football and the impact was emphatic for all the wrong reasons.

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Now the pair are dynamite and have been a big part of Forest’s tremendous run of form in the Championship.

Forest’s attacking options, including Zinckernagel, are now thriving with more space and a head coach who has a more forward-thinking approach.

Supporters will hope the Dane can continue firing in the Forest team.

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