May 15, 2024


Latest Nottingham Forest news as Steve Cooper’s Reds beat Aston Villa 2-0 at the City Ground

Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper celebrates the win over Aston Villa

Forest boss Steve Cooper celebrates the win over Aston Villa (Image: Getty)

Head coach Steve Cooper hailed the City Ground crowd for the part they played in helping Nottingham Forest get back to winning ways.


The Welshman felt everything about the Reds’ 2-0 victory over Aston Villa showed the club “at its finest”. And that included a tremendous atmosphere Trentside.


The fans helped get the players over the line as a six-match winless run came to an end thanks to goals from Ola Aina and Orel Mangala. It was a timely and much-needed result, with Cooper hoping it will boost belief as his new-look Forest side continues to gel.


“You could tell before the game that everyone was up for it,” he said of the support his team received. “They always are but sometimes you get that feeling don’t you, where it’s like ‘OK, let’s get to work today’.


“The players, naturally – and myself and the staff – respond to that. And then it becomes mutual and we create this really difficult atmosphere for opponents to play in, but a really good one for us to play in.


“It was a really intellectual performance from the boys. I’ve got a lot of gratitude for how they went about it.


“You always want to win. I’ve spoken a lot about the journey we are on. This is our second year in the Premier League and we’ve still got a load of new players that are not so new now but they are not established. We’re in that little process and we’re trying to create a way of playing.


“It’s going to take time to really become what we want to become here. That’s not to say we will get there. It is going to take a lot of hard work.


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“Good wins like this and performances like this continues the belief. I talked before the game about how anything good we’ve done over the last couple of years – because it’s been a bit of a journey – has been built on belief and togetherness and backing each other when we really need each other.


“Today was us – when I say us, I mean the supporters, the atmosphere, the ground, players – at its finest. That’s why we got the win.”

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