Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper has explained how two Reds players have given him a few headaches.

Cooper made the decision to make one change to his team yesterday, with Philip Zinckernagel replacing Ryan Yates in the team.

That meant the academy graduate starting the game on the bench which did cause some intrigue among the fan base.

Forest were hoping to claim three points yesterday following a poor showing during a 0-0 draw against Preston in midweek.

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In fairness, the Reds were absolutely brilliant against Bristol City and dominated proceedings throughout.

Forest now face a big challenge against Sheffield United on Friday night and winning would see Cooper’s men return to the top-six.

Following yesterday’s game, the Forest head coach claimed that two players are now firmly giving him headaches.

Ethan Horvath has kept two clean sheets since coming into the team, whilst Yates’ omission always sparks mass debate among the supporters.

He told Nottinghamshire Live: “For sure he’s given me food for thought.

“Also, it’s never easy leaving Ryan Yates out. I’ll be honest with you. It’s never an easy decision.

“It’s definitely not an easy conversation. He’s a good guy he is and as good a professional he is, he’s a winner and does not like sitting in that dugout.

“But that’s what we want. We will have tough calls to make. I’d rather that headache than not have it.”

Strength in depth evident for Cooper at Forest

Forest didn’t toil without Yates in their starting eleven and if anything they looked far more dangerous when it came to moving the ball forward.

He is a decent player but on Tuesday at Preston, he didn’t get the ball moving forward particularly well.

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As for Horvath, he’s enjoyed two solid appearances between the posts.

Some supporters were sceptical when Brice Samba got himself a three-match ban but the American’s handling has been exceptional.

Forest’s depth is now as good as it’s been for a few years and Cooper will hope for a few more headaches before the season finishes.

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