Nottingham Forest head coach Steve Cooper has heaped praise on Sam Surridge after his goal against Blackpool on Saturday. The 23-year-old scored the fourth goal as Forest ran riot in the sunshine on Saturday.

Since checking in from Stoke earlier this season, Surridge has been forced to wait patiently. He hasn’t started a game in the Championship yet but has scored two in his last three outings in the league.

Surridge is champing at the bit for a chance to shine from the start under Cooper. Ultimately the form of Keinan Davis and the fact he offers a different option has made life difficult in that sense.

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Cooper believes the talented striker does deserve praise for his work so far. He has also claimed that he wouldn’t have any qualms about throwing him in for a start.

He told Nottinghamshire Live: “Fair play to him, the chances he’s been given so far he’s really taken. What he’s done is keep himself absolutely ready for when his minutes have come.

“The goals are the most important thing for him. His overall contribution has been excellent – the way he’s pressed with the ball, his running in-behind, and he’s even assisted goals as well.

“He’s really committed to his profession. He’s been coming in on days off and doing extra. That sort of stuff doesn’t go unnoticed with me. He’s doing really well.”

Surridge is knocking on the Forest door

When Cooper decided to dip into his book of contacts to sign Surridge, some supporters dismissed him as a poor signing from the outset.

His goalscoring record wasn’t particularly good at Stoke but it seems clear that the Forest boss is capable of getting a tune out of him.

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Surridge has three Forest goals to his name and his finish on Saturday was one that came right out of the top drawer.

With Lewis Grabban now back on the mend too, the striking department looks extremely healthy for the first time in many weeks.

Surridge may have overtaken the Forest captain in the pecking order and he’ll be desperate to earn a start in the league very soon.

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