Ally McCoist has heaped praise on Nottingham Forest during this morning’s TalkSPORT Breakfast Show with Laura Woods. The Reds beat Arsenal 1-0 in the FA Cup last night to set up a fourth-round date with Leicester City.
The former Scotland international was impressed with several Forest players, name-checking four in particular. Joe Worrall, Steve Cook, Scott McKenna and Djed Spence were the ones who came in for praise from McCoist.
The ex-striker was on co-commentary duties for ITV. As a result, he got a close look at Forest as their dominance eventually prevailed to stun Arsenal.
Forest beat Arsenal 4-2 in 2018 at the same stage of the competition. This result was more about sheer determination, however, and the performance will have delighted Steve Cooper.
McCoist was impressed with the Reds and praised their heroics live on air this morning.
He told the TalkSPORT Breakfast Show (10/01; 08:15): “They had a desire to defend and go and attack. The goal summed it up. It was a brilliant ball in. They were not troubled at all. Joe Worrall was excellent, Cook and McKenna weren’t troubled. Spence was the best player on the park, for me. I’m having him all day, he was good getting forward and defensively he was brilliant.”
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Pundits ran out of superlatives for Spence after yesterday’s game. It was good to see McCoist give some praise to the Forest back three, however, for their efforts.
Worrall, Cook and McKenna were incredible throughout the 90 minutes. Arsenal weren’t at their best going forward but that was largely down to the defensive unit being utterly brilliant.
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Cooper has worked tirelessly on his defence since he arrived. Forest are now tougher to beat, but they’re still a threat going forwards when they do have possession.
Supporters will hope the win over Arsenal can be a sliding doors moment in the season. They must now use the result as a confidence booster to go and claim a play-off place at the end of the campaign.