The Reds beat Antonio Conte’s team 2-0 to reach the fourth round of the Carabao Cup. Renan Lodi and Jesse Lingard scored the Forest goals in seven second-half minutes.
Brazilian defender Lodi opened the scoring with a stunning goal. He moved the ball onto his right foot and unleashed a rocket of a shot that left Fraser Forster with no chance.
Shortly after Lingard got in on the act. He pounced on a header from Sam Surridge to nod into the bottom corner to give Forster absolutely no chance.
It was a tremendous win for the Reds. Ahead of Saturday’s game against Crystal Palace, this was just the confidence boost that Forest needed.
Cooper is desperate to revive the team’s fortunes. He’s overseen just two wins in the Premier League and his team currently sits bottom of the division.
Still, all is not lost. There is plenty of time left and the Reds do remain in touch with some of their rivals in the battle against relegation.
Cooper knows how important Saturday is. He will need his team to be on the front foot in a similar fashion to last night if the Reds are to get anything out of the game.
What did Steve Cooper tell his Nottingham Forest players?
The Athletic are usually on the money when it comes to Forest. After last night’s game, it’s been claimed what Cooper said to his players afterwards.
The head coach was keen to enjoy the victory – but not for too long! It’s been suggested that Cooper briefly congratulated his players, before telling them to be on their A-game when they start training this morning.
Palace will provide a stern test for Forest. They had an amazing victory over West Ham last weekend and Newcastle needed penalties to beat them in the cup last night.
Forest must dig deep for one last time before the break. If they can play well against Palace and claim a big three points, things could look a lot rosier.