Nottingham Forest star Steve Cook has taken to Twitter after the Reds reached the play-off final at Wembley and he had some praise for Brice Samba.
The experienced defender was in fine form as Forest progressed on penalties after losing 2-1 to Sheffield United on the night.
Forest were indebted to Samba. He saved three penalties in the shootout with Oliver Norwood, Conor Hourihane and Morgan Gibbs-White all failing to get past the Congolese custodian.
The 28-year-old also made two saves on the night to deny United a famous comeback victory. His second deep into extra-time could prove a pivotal moment if Forest win promotion.
Cook was in the mood last night too. He was colossal in the air and also netted his penalty in the shootout with absolute aplomb.
The 31-year-old has been a brilliant signing. He checked in at the City Ground on a free transfer in January and has proved a very significant piece of business.
He’s taken to Twitter to laud Samba. Clearly, he was the instrumental force behind last night’s victory and he deserves every accolade that comes his way.
Cook’s presence in the Forest team is massive though. His experience could yet prove vital as Forest prepare for one last dance for a place in the Premier League.
Cook praise for Forest star Samba is deserved and he deserves more respect
Samba has divided the fan base during his time at the club. There have been erratic moments for certain but ultimately, he’s proved himself as a sound goalkeeper once more.
Cook praising the stopper clearly implies that he’s a strong influence on the dressing room. Last night he was the hero of the hour and he lapped up the praise at the end of the shootout.
Now, the challenge is to come back down to earth and begin focusing on the final. With the likes of Cook and Samba as the experienced figures, Forest will have every chance of defeating Huddersfield.
Cook and Samba were both quality last night and the former Bournemouth man had some kind words for his teammate last night.