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Nottingham Forest: Chris Sutton praises Steve Cooper after Chelsea draw

BBC pundit Chris Sutton has praised Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper for the work he’s done so far after the club’s recent draw.

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In their latest Premier League outing, the Garibaldi managed to pick up a point in a 1-1 home draw with Chelsea after putting in an impressive display in front of their own fans.

While the away side took the lead thanks to Raheem Sterling during the first half, Forest were much improved after the break and equalised thanks to Serge Aurier.

And even though they couldn’t pick up the win, Sutton was still full of praise for the performance of Cooper and his men claimed that they ‘gelled brilliantly’ and deserved all three points.

While speaking on the BBC Radio Show 606, he said: “Do you know what, I’ve got a lot of time for Steve Cooper.

“I think he’s had a really difficult job. People look at the spending and think that Forest have spent a fortune, they should stay up. It’s not that easy.

I thought they gelled brilliantly today. I thought they deserved all three points. And if you’re a Forest fan, I want to hear from you because that performance today must have given you a lot of faith.”

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The right man for the job

Cooper, who was lauded for the ‘wonderful’ job he did last season by Frank Clark, certainly did a remarkable job in getting the club promoted from the Championship last season via the playoffs despite taking over as manager when Forest were stuck at the bottom of the league earlier on in that same season.

The team were then backed the following summer as they signed a remarkable 21 players – which is a Premier League record – splashing around £150m in fees.

Such a sudden rise to the top, and such a vast change in squad depth, has meant a swift change in expectations for the club but Cooper has handled it pretty well for the most part.

Indeed, he did enough to earn himself a new contract in October despite a shaky start to the season and has consequently steadied the ship a little, meaning Forest are only in the bottom three due to goal difference and have a good chance of survival.

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