Steve Cooper has spoken after his Nottingham Forest side switched formation against Burnley last night.

The Forest boss usually deploys a 5-2-2-1 formation, however, the Reds set up in a 4-2-3-1 against Vincent Kompany’s side, with the impetus on attacking in wide areas.

Callum Hudson-Odoi curled home a beauty on his debut, with Anthony Elanga being direct and creating opportunities on the opposite flank.

Cooper spoke in depth last night about the reasoning behind the switch, admitting that his side now have great options to play alternative systems.

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Steve Cooper on the formation switch

Speaking to BBC Radio Nottingham after the draw, boss Cooper admitted that his side now have ‘good options’ allowing him to play different formations as and when needed.

“We needed high width and speed in the game, with Anthony [Elanga] and Callum [Hudson-Odoi].

“In other games, that might not be where we think the space is, so what we do have in the squad is good options to have a variety in our plan.

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“There are certain things in whatever team or shape that we want and they’re our principles and things we demand every single day.

“It’s such a fluid game, this modern game and you’ve got to be able to adjust at times.

“We’ve now got variety in our squad to change things from game to game.”

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