Nottingham Forest under-23 head coach Andy Reid lauded the impact of two players during last night’s win over West Brom.

The Reds won 5-0 as they made the short trip to the West Midlands. Goals from Ateef Konate, Alex Gibson-Hammond, Billy Fewster, Lewis Salmon and Will Swan sealed the deal.

Forest have four games remaining this season and remain on course for a play-off place during their first campaign in the Premier League 2.

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Reid’s men are in fine form and have been beaten just once since the turn of the year. The side is settled and the team are playing some superb football.

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Last night’s game saw Forest play some intricate stuff and score five really good goals. This win should give them the confidence to go on and secure a play-off place.

Reid was desperately impressed with Konate and Swan with both players almost certainly knocking on the first-team door.

He told the club’s official website: “Will Swan and Ateef Konate were absolutely fantastic, and I think it’s difficult to single anyone out.

“It’s honestly really difficult to single anyone out. There were so many good performances out there.”

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Konate has made three senior appearances this season, with two coming under Chris Hughton and one under Cooper.

His showing against Barnsley in the Championship was impressive and now he’ll hope to earn himself even more opportunities.

It was perhaps a surprise that Swan didn’t go out on loan during the summer transfer window. Last season he went to Port Vale and gained invaluable experience.

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Instead, he’s learned his trade with the under-23s and he’s banging them in for fun.

Swan looks to be edging closer to a first-team call-up and given his goal ratio this season he’d thoroughly deserve it.

Both players are out of contract in the summer but on current form, they should be in line for extensions.

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