Nottingham Forest star Taiwo Awoniyi has delivered a one-word verdict on the performance of Orel Mangala against Wolves. The midfielder played for just over an hour as the Reds reached the last four of the Carabao Cup with a win over Wolves.
Dean Henderson was the hero of the hour from a Forest perspective. He made two brilliant saves during the 90 minutes and then saved penalties from Ruben Neves and Joe Hodge.
The Reds will now face Manchester United over two legs for a place in the final at Wembley. Forest are in the last four for the first time since 1992 and cup fever is evident on Trentside.
Mangala is slowly but surely starting to prove himself at Forest. He missed a lot of games prior to the World Cup with a hamstring problem; hampering his chances of making the Belgium squad.
The talented player is now a regular in the starting eleven at the City Ground. He was substituted on the 60-minute mark last night and received a standing ovation from the City Ground faithful.
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Mangala signed for the Reds from VfB Stuttgart in the summer. He only cost the Reds £12 million and signing such a talented player for that money looks like extremely good business.
Awoniyi delivered verdict on Mangala after Forest win
The Nigerian international was forced to watch this one from the stands. He was injured during last week’s 1-0 win over Southampton after scoring the winner for the Reds.
It’s unclear how long he will be out injured. The Reds will be hoping it’s not too long, however, with the striker just starting to get into his stride in the Premier League.
After his performance last night, Awoniyi posted a one-word verdict on Mangala’s Instagram, which read: “Machine.”
Mangala will now be hoping to kick on even further. At 24-years-old his best is yet to come and he’s already showcasing some nice touches, with his array of passing particularly impressive.
The Belgian will be desperate to force his way into the reckoning on the international stage. In order to do that, he will need to keep playing well for Forest and that should bode well for the club.