Michael Owen has heaped praise on Nottingham Forest head coach Steve Cooper after his team reached Wembley for the first time in over 30 years.

The head coach has taken his team from the bottom of the Championship to play-off finalists in the space of eight months.

Forest didn’t exactly reach the final in style. They lost 2-1 to Sheffield United but after 120 minutes the teams couldn’t be separated.

That meant a penalty shootout and up stepped Brice Samba to cometh the hour, cometh the man and send Forest to the final against Huddersfield.

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The Reds aren’t there yet. A tough game lies in waiting against the Terriers and they have already lost to Carlos Corberan’s team this season.

On the flip side, Forest have won against Huddersfield twice. They won 2-0 in West Yorkshire and then dumped the Terriers out of the FA Cup.

Cooper deserves the freedom of Nottingham already. He’s taken the club from the depths of despair to being 90 minutes away from a place in the Premier League.

It’s quite a daunting prospect that Forest could soon be rubbing shoulders with Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City on a regular basis.

That said, it’s an exciting proposition. Certainly, it’s one that fans will be dreaming of for the next couple of weeks.

Owen heaps praise on Cooper after Forest heroics

Liverpool legend Owen knows all about playing on the grandest stages. Now, Forest are now so close to Premier League football.

If they get there, Cooper will be correctly lauded as a hero by the Forest faithful; with the transformation frankly incredible.

That’s the word used by Owen as he’s chucked his thoughts in the mix following last night’s stressful City Ground win for Forest.

He’s also lauded the club as a whole. Clearly, he would relish Forest returning to the Premier League for the first time in over two decades.

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