Nottingham Forest were held to a 1-1 draw against Sheffield United on Friday despite a dominant display at Bramall Lane. After the game, Steve Cook took to Twitter to rave about Ryan Yates and deliver his verdict.
The defender arrived at Forest from Bournemouth in January. He was added to the ranks on a free transfer and has slotted into the back three seamlessly.
Cook came very close to opening his Forest account on Friday. His thumping header from a James Garner corner whacked the crossbar with Wes Foderingham stranded.
The 30-year-old has been a fantastic leader in the Forest ranks. He arrived at a time when the Reds needed a new central defender and has really helped shore things up.
Cook’s experience could be vital between now and the end of the campaign. He has been there and seen it all when it comes to the Championship, winning promotion with the Cherries.
He made 168 appearances in the Premier League for Bournemouth and also made plenty more in the second tier with Eddie Howe’s magical side.
Forest did well to beat QPR to Cook’s signature. Mark Warburton wanted to land the proven enforcer but ultimately, Forest won the race to sign him.
What did Cook say after Friday’s draw for Forest?
Cook was quick to tip his hat to Yates. The Forest academy graduate scored for the second time in a fortnight with a last-gasp header to salvage a point for the Reds.
As a result, Cook feels he’s getting a reputation as a man with an eye for a big goal. Yates will be keen to add a few more to his game as he develops in the future.
Cook also mentioned that he was disappointed not to win the game. Forest were much the better side and had Brennan Johnson scored his first-half penalty, the game could have been different.