Nottingham Forest fans didn’t think they could love Steve Cooper anymore. Yesterday’s win over Arsenal showcased that as a myth and after the game, National League outfit Wrexham sent the boss a heartfelt message on Twitter.
Cooper has been a revelation. The Reds have been a different animal since he replaced Chris Hughton in September, losing just three times under the Welshman.
Forest were brilliant against Arsenal. Lewis Grabban stepped off the bench to tap home a scrumptious Ryan Yates cross with just seven minutes remaining.
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Cooper’s team were comfortable throughout. Eddie Nketiah did miss a couple of good chances but ultimately Brice Samba in goal was pretty much redundant.
After the contest, Wrexham posted a nice message on Twitter. Cooper signed for the club in 1998 but left a year later without making a first-team appearance.
The Forest head coach is one football manager who didn’t enjoy a glittering playing career. Of course, that doesn’t matter and his work as a coach has been admirable.
Injuries robbed the Forest incumbent of a prolonged period as a player. Instead, he set his mind to coaching and has worked with Liverpool, England, Swansea and now Forest.
What have Wrexham said about Forest boss Cooper?
The National League side were quick to reminisce about their own FA Cup exploits. It’s 30 years since they famously dumped a star-studded Arsenal out of the FA Cup at the same stage of the competition.
Cooper is a proud Welshman and the Welsh outfit have been quick to send him a congratulatory message.
The head coach will be keen not to celebrate this win for too long. Forest face important Championship games against Millwall, Derby and Barnsley during the next couple of weeks.
Forest are six points shy of the top six and the challenge now is to prepare for the Championship challenges ahead.