Nottingham Forest beat Tottenham 2-0 at the City Ground with Jesse Lingard producing his best display in the Garibaldi. After the game, he received praise on Instagram from Renan Lodi and Brennan Johnson.

Forest defied the odds to beat Tottenham. The Reds made nine changes to their team from Saturday’s draw with Brentford, whilst Spurs changed only three of their group that lost 2-1 to Liverpool.

Forest Lingard
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Serge Aurier and Ryan Yates were the only two players who kept their shirts from Saturday. Lingard played the final 11 minutes in that game but was handed a start in the Carabao Cup against Tottenham.

The 29-year-old almost found the net in the first half. After his shot rebounded off the post, he saw his follow-up header saved by Fraser Forster who deputised for Hugo Lloris in goal.

Forest had an equal share of the first half. In the second 45, however, there was only one team that held the desire to go and kick on and win the game.

It was a performance that the Reds fans have been waiting to see all season. Every player produced a fantastic performance and now Steve Cooper has some big decisions to make for Saturday.

Forest beat Tottenham and Lingard was outstanding

The Reds made a lot of changes but on paper, the team didn’t look particularly bad. It was still a strong eleven and featured lots of names who had a point to prove.

One of those was Lingard. Although he’s not been as bad as some have made out since he signed, it’s clear that he needs to do more in the way of goals and assists.

Now, the former Manchester United man has to take this form into the rest of the season and perhaps the World Cup interval is coming at the wrong time for the 32-time England star.

Forest Lingard
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After the game, he received some praise from his teammates; with Lodi and Johnson taking to social media to react.

Johnson said: “Hit that!!!!”

Lodi also scored on the night and congratulated Lingard with: “Congratulations, my brother”

The challenge for Lingard now is to find some consistency. If he does that, the Reds might just get themselves the player they thought they’d signed back in July when he first checked in.

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