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Everything Sky pundits said on Nottingham Forest after victory over Aston Villa

Latest Nottingham Forest news from NottinghamshireLive as Curtis Davies and Karen Carney deliver verdict on brilliant victory at City Ground



Oliver King

Keith WalesCVS Editor – Midland Sport

06:00, 6 NOV 2023

Updated07:15, 6 NOV 2023


A delighted head coach Steve Cooper celebrates Forest’s victory over Aston Villa at the City Ground.

A delighted head coach Steve Cooper celebrates Forest’s victory over Aston Villa at the City Ground. (Image: Michael Regan)

Curtis Davies and Karen Carney were the pundits on duty during Sky Sports coverage of Nottingham Forest vs Aston Villa at the City Ground.


Davies, a former Villa defender, and Carney, the one-time England international, had plenty to say on Forest’s 2-0 victory, their goals, the way Steve Cooper’s men frustrated the visitors and where this victory leaves the Reds.


OLIVER KING listened to what they had to say…


Curtis Davies on whether Forest win can kick start their season – Yes, I think particularly against an Aston Villa side that’s been scoring and playing very well so far this season. We spoke about Unai Emery’s record before. This epitomised their start because they were on the front foot from the beginning. For Villa, they were shell shocked in the first 10 minutes and they didn’t know what happened to them. It allowed Forest to play how they played against Liverpool last week, but this time they had a lead and were able to hold on it and play on the counter-attack.


Karen Carney on Orel Mangala’s goal – It was good little build-up, they didn’t force it and this is what I liked a lot. It’s a brilliant strike from Mangala, but could the keeper have done better? There was a lot of pace behind it and I’m sure the Forest fans will be happy with that.


Karen Carney on Emi Martinez’s mistake – To be fair, I’m sure he is shouting at his midfielders and asking how he [Mangala] has got this amount of time to run onto it. I thought Villa were really deep in those opportunities, but you know for a keeper of his calibre he should be saving that, but there is a lot of pace on it. He’s got one strong hand on it but just couldn’t get both. But you do think Villa got deeper and deeper and that’s why the shot happened.


Karen Carney on Ola Aina’s goal – It’s a really impressive goal by Aina. You see that area that Matty Cash runs out to and he’s too tight at times. That allows (Anthony) Elanga to run through and it’s a nice cutback for (Harry) Toffolo. What I like about it is that he pulls it back when all the Villa players have gone to it. It’s a really good space for the opposite winger to come on to it and they have really exploited that side Nottingham Forest. There was a question mark whether the goalkeeper was unsighted, but he was unsighted by his own players.


Curtis Davies on Forest trying to exploit Villa’s high-line – It’s a very disciplined highline. None of them waver and they all just keep their discipline. But I think Forest have been caught offside four times, which shows it’s working, but it all works until it doesn’t. You know there’s been a lot of opportunities where maybe the ball could have been played sooner but even these ones are tight. Fair enough, Villa have got away with it for now, but Forest will keep doing the same because it’s definitely something that they can get joy from.


Karen Carney on Villa’s first-half performance – I’m really disappointed by them to be honest. We’ve seen how good they’ve been recently. There’s been very few chances, and this is probably the one where you look at (Nicolo) Zaniolo, maybe his first touch let him down and took him further away and Forest did well to push him further away. But they’ve been disappointing for me, and I think that’s because of how well Forest have defended the central areas and they’ve had no threat in behind. So, I think Villa need to improve.


Karen Carney on nullifying the threat of Ollie Watkins and Moussa Diaby – I think maybe that’s where you need the creativity in someone like (Leon) Bailey, where it’s been pass, pass, pass. Sometimes you just need someone to do something in a 1v1, open something up and then get your centre forwards in. For Steve Cooper, it’s been pretty easy. He’s kept them in front, there’s been no threat in behind, so he’ll be really pleased. But sometimes you need someone with a bit of creativity just to break that down in a different way and like I said, someone like Bailey.


Karen Carney on Forest’s start to the season – The big one is losing points from winning positions. If you look at the games against Manchester United, Brentford and Luton as well, they have started games well, but they run out of energy at the end. It might be that second season syndrome. Steve Cooper said that there is an expectation around Forest, but the reality is that you have to grind it out over two or three seasons till you become an established Premier League side. They have brought in 13 new players, six are in the starting XI. They are still trying to find their feet and it was brilliant last year, but there is a style in which he wants to implement and that takes time.


Karen Carney on Forest old boy Matty Cash’s improvement at Villa – Perhaps maybe Unai Emery thought of him being too attacking minded when he first came in, but now they have a system where it really suits him not running in behind those channels. Like I said, Aston Villa really try to play through this midfield at times and sometimes when it doesn’t work they have to hit the wide areas and that’s where it comes in. He played right midfield this season as well, but it comes in, he’s the highest point, gets himself a goal, he’s quick, he’s athletic, he’s great at assisting, but again, there’s that box midfield. Running in behind kind of makes something happen, link up on the outside again and then look. He’s playing like a right winger and he has. Again, obviously we said played right back, but the versatility really suits the manager and that’s why he’s working really well under him.


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