Darren Bent and Ally McCoist are backing Nottingham Forest to beat Huddersfield in Sunday’s Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley.
The former Derby man and the Scottish pundit have been discussing the showpiece final live on TalkSPORT (24/05; 10:32am) this morning alongside Laura Woods.
Forest will take part in a play-off final for the very first time this weekend and they’ll hope to end 23 years without Premier League football.
The Reds defeated Sheffield United 3-2 on penalties seven days ago to progress. Huddersfield beat Luton 2-1 on aggregate to claim their place.
Talk this morning turned towards the final and both pundits on this morning’s show are backing Forest to get the job done at the weekend.
Bent told TalkSPORT (24/05; 10:32am): “I think Forest are going to do it. The job Steve Cooper has done there has been unreal. That’s who I’m picking. I think Forest will win on Sunday.”
McCoist has been complimentary of the Reds throughout this season and he saw no reason to disagree with Bent’s thought process.
He said live on TalkSPORT (24/05; 10:32am): “I’ve seen Forest a few times this season, mainly in the FA Cup. What a job Steve Cooper has done. They’ve been brilliant and I agree with you Benty, I think Forest will win.”
Bent and McCoist throw backing behind Forest but there’s a big job to do
Bent’s admission perhaps suggests that he has little loyalty to Derby these days. He played for the Rams at the end of his career but he fancies Forest this weekend.
McCoist typically calls things down the middle. He has been impressed with Forest this season but perhaps he hasn’t seen too much of Huddersfield.
Media praise is nice but Forest must now do the business on the pitch.
This is the closest that the Reds have come to winning promotion for many years and they now stand 90 minutes away from the top flight.
If Forest play as they know they can, Huddersfield will be in for a tough game.
The challenge is to avoid a repeat of second-half performances against Bournemouth and Sheffield United recently when Forest were particularly poor.
Cooper has got his team up plenty of times this season and if he can do that on Sunday he could become a Premier League manager for the first time.