Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper has been discussing goalkeeper Brice Samba to BBC Radio Nottingham ahead of tonight’s City Ground clash against Barnsley.

The Reds stopper suffered a gruesome-looking injury just prior to half-time on Saturday. Remarkable, he returned for the second half and helped Forest secure a massive win.

Samba’s antics against the Rams were absolutely brilliant. He was constantly wasting time and did all he could to take the sting out of a Derby fightback.

Forest Samba
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Given the nature of his performance, Cooper was quizzed on the goalkeeper ahead of tonight’s game and the boss has been impressed.

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He told BBC Radio Nottingham: “Brice is going fine but he’s got to keep it going.

“Me and Brice have had lots of conversations over the type of goalkeeper he is, the type of character he is but we want him to have a positive impact on his teammates.

“He’s a big character for us, he’s a likeable guy and most of all, he’s a very good goalkeeper.”

Samba has played all but one of Forest’s games in the Championship this season. He was dropped for Chris Hughton’s final game in charge against Middlesbrough back in September.

Since then he’s rediscovered himself. He has looked tidier with his goalkeeping and his distribution is largely impressive too.

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Make no bones about it, Forest could do a lot worse than Samba. In recent months he’s showcased himself as one of the top goalkeepers in the division and long may his form continue.

There have been moments where he has looked erratic but largely under Cooper’s management, those errors have been less frequent.

Forest Samba
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Samba was signed from Caen in 2019 and he quickly became the regular custodian. He has made 115 appearances for the club, keeping 37 clean sheets in the process.

At 27, Samba is still learning as a goalkeeper and Forest will perhaps look to hand him a new deal at some point in the future.

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