Robbie Fowler heaped praise on Steve Cook for one moment of magic as Nottingham Forest defeated Liverpool 1-0.

The Reds secured a vital three points thanks to a second-half goal from Taiwo Awoniyi.

His striker came courtesy of some wonderful work from Cook who controlled and crossed brilliantly from a free-kick.

After initially striking the post, Awoniyi then followed up from close range to spark unbelievable City Ground scenes.

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Forest didn’t have the lionshare of possession but it’s fair to say that they probably had more chances in the game.

Fowler was covering the game for Premier League Productions alongside Alan Shearer.

They were both critical of Liverpool but the ex-Reds striker did have praise for Cook after his magic moment in the game.

He told Premier League Productions: “What a touch from Cook on the right-hand side, and then to have the ability to get it across into the danger area.

“He doesn’t really pick anyone, it was just get it in there and hoping.

“Taiwo times his run to perfection, but the two Liverpool centre-halves, Gomez in particular, he’s not marking anyone.”

Fowler heaped praise on Cook after Forest win

The defender has been a surprise inclusion in Steve Cooper’s team this season.

He was expected to be a squad player but over the past couple of months, he’s been ahead of Joe Worrall in the pecking order.

On Saturday his experience proved vital and he deservedly claimed an assist for the goal.

Cook is a proven Premier League performer but some fans feared his best days might be behind him.

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On current form, he’s playing desperately well and he defended as though his life depended on it at the weekend.

The centre-back was signed in January as Forest chased a crack at promotion.

His form was fantastic and he helped the team reach the Premier League for the first time in 23 years.

Now, he looks set to become an integral part of the team as they bid to avoid relegation.

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