Nottingham Forest’s push for promotion continues after beating Birmingham City – but it could have been so different for striker Keinan Davis.

Davis set Forest on their way, driving down the left flank before smashing a powerful finish into the net.

That was a sweet moment for Davis, who is on loan from Aston Villa and would have loved scoring against their bitter rivals Birmingham.

Forest made it 2-0 in the second half as Scott McKenna powered home a fine header, making it five wins in a row for Steve Cooper’s men.

With one defeat in 2022 and just nine points dropped this calendar year, Forest are absolutely motoring.

January business was absolutely vital for Forest and striker Keinan Davis is playing a key role after joining on loan Villa.

Davis, 24, had played just once in the Premier League for Villa this season but has now bagged five goals and two assists in 14 games for Forest.

Davis is an absolute nightmare for defenders and his goal against Birmingham summed it all up.

Given a couple of yards to run up the left flank, Davis blazed away from the Birmingham back line. Just too fast, just too strong.

Davis has always impressed with his physical attributes but has never quite found the goalscoring touch for Villa and that appears to be changing with Forest.

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A permanent deal this summer would be perfect for Forest – but he could have been lining up on the opposite side yesterday.

The Birmingham Mail now quote Forest legend Steve Hodge as saying that he spoke to Birmingham boss Lee Bowyer before Saturday’s game.

Hodge, speaking to BBC Radio Nottingham, claims that Bowyer told him he wanted to sign Davis in January.

Birmingham missed out and Forest swooped in, securing a signing that could help them win promotion; another real sliding doors moment.

“Brilliant finish, I spoke to Lee Bowyer before the game and they tried to get Davis in the January transfer window, that’s how big that goal is, it could have been their goal,” said Hodge.

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