Nottingham Forest defeated Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium and with Serge Aurier they had a player who looked bang in form. The Ivorian continued his fine purple patch as he rolled back the years to help the Reds win 1-0.

It was the first time that Forest have tasted victory away from the City Ground in the Premier League for 24 years. Aurier was a large part of the success last night as Taiwo Awoniyi scored the winner.

The 30-year-old was signed under a cloud of uncertainty in the summer. Many fans felt that another right-back wasn’t required and questioned whether Steve Cooper was on board with the signing.

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It would appear that he is. Aurier has already ousted Neco Williams from the team and on current form, he looks undroppable given his outstanding performance levels.

Against Southampton, he was at it again. Some statistics from Who Scored showcase just how unbelievably good he was once again for Forest as they claimed a huge win.

During his 90 minutes on the pitch, he won an astonishing eight aerial challenges. On the floor he was sound too, claiming four interceptions, completing six clearances and making 36 passes as Forest saw out the victory.

Aurier bang in form for Forest and Cooper can’t leave him out

Not that he will have any plans to but the Reds manager can’t consider dropping Aurier in the Premier League. Williams might get a run out at Blackpool on Saturday but Aurier should play in the most important games.

It’s hard to fathom that the ex-Tottenham man didn’t cost Forest a penny. Frankly, as a result of that, those who questioned the signing have been made to look like absolute fools.

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Aurier was once again faultless against Southampton. Forest were forced to do a lot of defending during a taxing second period as the Saints piled the pressure on the Reds.

The man added after he was released by Villarreal stood firm. It was another performance that reiterated why he was signed. It also showcased why he has to be considered one of the best signings made by Forest in the summer.

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