Steve Cooper has raved about Nottingham Forest star Brice Samba after the goalkeeper’s heroics in last night’s 0-0 draw against Luton.

The Congolese stopper was inspired as the Reds’ custodian saved a penalty and made a crucial injury-time save.

Samba, 27, has been under fire at points during this season following some pretty emphatic errors.

Under Steve Cooper, however, he looks back to his best and thoroughly deserved this clean sheet.

Forest Samba
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He saved Elijah Adebayo’s penalty with his legs to send the City Ground into pandemonium and lapped up the applause from supporters at the end.

Cooper was mightily impressed and raved about his goalkeeper after last night’s stalemate.

He told Nottinghamshire Live: “Massive. He’s had big moments today. It’s like a striker scoring the winner.

“He made a massive contribution to us getting the result – not the result we wanted, but the result that was forced on us in the end.

 

“Saving a penalty is brilliant. The save at the end looked unbelievable live, I’ll have to see it back.

“He’s got a big round of applause in the dressing room. There’s a lot of respect for him today.”

Integral: The hate for Samba has to stop; he’s vital to Forest

A good goalkeeper is worth an extra 10-15 points a season, roughly. Last night, Samba preserved two for the Reds and he also did the same on Saturday in fairness.

Admittedly earlier in the campaign, Samba was error-prone but he was by no means the only Forest player guilty of that.

Forest Samba
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All Samba can do is keep producing performances of this nature and then his critics will firmly become silent.

Since 2019 when he arrived, his form has occasionally been erratic. On his day though, he has proven time and time again just how capable he is at Championship level.

Plenty of teams in the second tier would welcome Samba and perhaps Forest should count themselves lucky.

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