Nottingham Forest midfielder Tyrese Fornah earned some praise from Steve Cotterill for his Shrewsbury performance on Tuesday night.

The youngster moved to the League One outfit in January and he’s trying to settle into the team.

Cotterill was forced into an early change against Portsmouth.

Fornah entered the fray in the first 20 minutes when David Davis picked up an unfortunate injury and hobbled out of the action.

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Shrewsbury went down to 10-men after just half an hour with Josh Vela shown a straight red card.

Cotterill’s men haven’t won for eight matches now and they sit just four points above the relegation zone.

Shrewsbury did take the lead through Luke Leahy but goals from Aiden O’Brien and Louis Thompson ensured Pompey left with all three points.

Fornah has now made six appearances for Salop. He has started four games and will have been disappointed to have been on the bench in the week.

Cotterill did give some short praise for his performance though when speaking to the Shropshire Star.

He said: “It was a great start and if not for the injury to David Davis we think we’re riding that one out.

“Tyrese (Fornah) has come in and to be fair, he’s done OK in there.”

Fornah deserves Forest chance next season

Earlier in the campaign, the Forest academy graduate looked tailor-made for Chris Hughton’s system.

Fans were calling for him to get a chance but he persisted with the double pivot of Jack Colback and Ryan Yates.

In fairness to Steve Cooper, he has got the best out of those two players, with James Garner also growing as a player during the last few months.

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Next season could be a lot different though. Garner will go back, Colback isn’t getting any younger and Cafu could also leave.

That could see a door swing open for Fornah and after a season and a half playing in League One he will be determined to grasp the opportunity.

Forest offered Fornah a deal until 2024 and that in itself offers an indication of just how highly he’s rated by the club.

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