Darren Bent has raved about Nottingham Forest on TalkSPORT this morning (11/01; 08:46) after their 1-0 win over Arsenal in the FA Cup.
The former Tottenham striker has also slammed Arsenal. Bent has suggested that Forest were underestimated by the Gunners during the Sunday evening clash.
Forest won the game thanks to a goal from Lewis Grabban. He stepped off the bench to score seven minutes from time and set up a date with Leicester in round four.
Mikel Arteta was disappointed with his players. He chose a relatively strong team that included £50 million defender Ben White, Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka in the starting line-up.
Bent wasn’t happy with Arsenal, but he did have some serious praise for Forest.
He told TalkSPORT (11/01; 08:46): “They had the wrong attitude, they thought they’d go on the pitch and beat them. Forest were fantastic. Steve Cooper…what a job he’s done, he’s turned them completely around.”
Forest head coach Cooper will hope to see his team kick on in the Championship. They face Millwall on Saturday before an East Midlands derby date with Derby the week after.
The Reds are six points away from a top-six place. They do have plenty of games remaining and Cooper will hope to see his team flourish in the second half of the campaign.
Bent is right; Arsenal weren’t up for Forest test
After a drab first half, the emphasis was on Arsenal to put Forest to the sword in the second 45. They didn’t though and it was the hosts who kicked it up a gear.
From the moment Grabban was introduced, the Reds never looked like losing. His 11th goal of the season was exactly what the Reds deserved and sent them into round four.
- TARGET: Forest get boost
Forest are a different animal under Cooper. The team is resolute but also showcases creativity and a willingness to go forward on a frequent basis.
After two straight defeats, this was exactly what Forest needed. The challenge now is to go on a run in the Championship and gatecrash the top six before the end of the season.