Nottingham Forest head coach Steve Cooper has explained to Nottinghamshire Live what he did to mastermind Tuesday night’s victory over Barnsley at the City Ground.

It proved a comprehensive win over the South Yorkshiremen in the end. Keinan Davis, Ryan Yates and Brennan Johnson all scored to ensure a 3-0 rout for the Reds.

It ensured Forest didn’t suffer from a case of post-Derby blues after their success on Trentside during last weekend.

The win also saw Forest move to within a single point of the play-offs, despite having sat rock-bottom when Cooper arrived in September.

Forest Cooper
(Photo; Jon Hobley; MI News; NurPhoto; Getty Images)

Watford Hiring Roy Hodgson Is A Joke.

Interestingly, the head coach took his players on a trip back to 2020 prior to the game.

In January of that year, the Reds had beat Leeds to go within touching distance of the top two. Two days later, however, Sabri Lamouchi rang the changes and saw his team beaten 1-0 by Charlton.

The defeat derailed Forest’s momentum and some feel that was the unravelling of Lamouchi.

Cooper explained he’s was aware of that in the build-up to the Barnsley game and didn’t want another City Ground horror show.

He told Nottinghamshire Live: “The second half wasn’t what we want to be.

“Part of me gets it, with it being such a high for everybody on Saturday and then to try and get back up in such a short space of time is hard.

“But, we talked to the players before the game. We put a stat up and when we – before I was here – beat Leeds, a similar game, a similar event, maybe, and atmosphere to the Derby game, and then played Charlton on the following Tuesday, didn’t play well and lost 1-0.

“I said, ‘we’ve got to move on from being that team’. We did in terms of result, but not in terms of the performance.”

Class: Steve Cooper is the best thing to happen to Forest in years

What a breath of fresh air the head coach is. Forest have lost just three games since he arrived in September and he’s leaving no stone unturned in his quest for success.

Lots of fans hoped that Forest wouldn’t ‘do a Charlton’ on Tuesday and Cooper was even aware of that previous predicament.

Forest Cooper
(Photo; Tony Marshall; Getty Images)

Cooper’s team were professional in the first half against Barnsley. In the second 45, the foot did come off the gas and perhaps Forest grew complacent.

The challenge for Forest now is to continue progressing and try to cement a place in the top-six of the Championship.

Given Cooper’s meticulous methods, few would bet against the division’s in-form team.

Have something to tell us about this article?