The son of Nottingham Forest owner Miltiadis Marinakis took to Twitter following a superb win for the Reds away at Blackburn Rovers. Goals from James Garner and Brennan Johnson moved Forest up to sixth and into the play-off places.
In truth, this wasn’t a vintage Forest performance under Steve Cooper. For large parts, they were forced to defend for their lives but once again the team stood firm.
In Scott McKenna, Joe Worrall and new signing Steve Cook, Forest have a defensive unit that is the envy of the division. With Max Lowe and Djed Spence in the wing-back positions, the Reds really are laughing at the back.
Forest’s task should have been a whole lot easier. Darragh Lenihan was sent off early in the second half and that saw Forest create lots of chances on the counter.
In the end, a foul on Sam Surridge late in the game saw the Reds wrap up the win and secure a move into the top-six for the first time this season.
Cooper will be delighted with his team. Ultimately, nothing has been achieved just yet though and he knows his team have bigger challenges on the horizon.
What has Marinakis said about the latest Forest win?
In some ways, the son of Forest’s owner has issued a rallying cry to the team. Although he was quick to offer congratulations, he was also keen for Cooper’s men to continue climbing the league.
He recognised that the victory was indeed a hard-fought win. Indeed, several Forest players, most notably Cook and Garner, dropped straight to their knees at the full-time whistle.
They left everything out on the pitch and this is what has been instilled into the Forest team by Cooper. The Reds might not win every game but effort and work rate simply won’t be in short supply.
Marinakis senior deserves immense praise for putting people in place who understand what it takes to get results on the football pitch.
With Dane Murphy overseeing recruitment and Cooper overseeing wins, Forest might just have hit the jackpot.