Nottingham Forest head coach Steve Cooper has spoken to BBC Radio Nottingham about the goalkeeping situation at the City Ground.

Ethan Horvath looks set to deputise for the suspended Brice Samba tomorrow night at Bournemouth. The Congolese stopper was sent off against Stoke for punching Phil Jagielka in the head.

Cooper has claimed that he believes the talented American should be capable of slotting into the team with relative ease.

He is likely to be joined in the squad by Jordan Smith who has found himself demoted to third-choice stopper during 2021/22.

Forest Horvath
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Cooper believes the togetherness within his squad could be crucial ahead of a tricky looking trip to Bournemouth.

He told BBC Radio Nottingham: “I am a big believer in next man up – all our keepers are talented guys. We talk about culture and togetherness and that includes the guys on the bench as well.

“I believe in all of our players and we will plan accordingly. This happens in football, sometimes players aren’t available and my focus is on the team being at its best.”

Horvath has made three Forest appearances to date; with each of his outings coming under former boss Chris Hughton.

During his last game against Middlesbrough, he poorly controlled a backpass; allowing Onel Hernandez a tap in during a 2-0 defeat.

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Cooper has worked wonders with players who were underperforming under Hughton and Horvath could be the next to benefit.

The former Club Brugge man simply has to go out there tomorrow and see this has his first real chance to shine in a team that is playing well.

Forest Horvath
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During his last outings, the atmosphere has been pretty toxic and he should perhaps be excused his mistake against Boro.

Horvath wouldn’t have seven caps for the United States if he couldn’t play and he will see this as the first step on the road towards him securing a place at the winter’s World Cup.

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