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‘It’s a great place to be’ – Forest star heaps huge praise on new boss

Nottingham Forest's Lyle Taylor (left) celebrates with teammate Sammy Ameobi after scoring his sides first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match at the City Ground

Nottingham Forest forward Lyle Taylor has lauded his new manager Steve Cooper. 

Since his arrival at the City Ground, the Reds are unbeaten in their last three league games, with Taylor saying to BBC Radio Nottingham his new boss’s attention to detail is “out of this world”.

And it’s showing. Forest’s final game before the international break saw them dominate Birmingham City 3-0 at St Andrews.

He told BBC Radio Nottingham: “It’s a great place to be at the moment, everything has been flipped on its head and that’s not to be disparaging towards the old manager because I would never want to do that, he is obviously a very good football manager, his achievements before he came to the club lay before him.

He said ‘right that’s what we’re going to do, this is how we’re going to play and we’re going to keep the ball, we’re going to play out from the back and we’re going to do this and we’re going to do that.’”

Cooper’s men face Blackpool at home on Saturday and will be looking to secure their first victory of the season at the City Ground.

Despite the recent good form, Forest have only secured one point from a possible 15 at home this campaign, but Taylor insists there’s a great buzz around the club, all thanks to Cooper.

You see the attention to detail in training is out of this world. I’m 31-years-old and it’s ripping up the playbook and starting again, it’s insane,” he added.

“The atmosphere around the place is fantastic and as a player, you go about your business. You go to work but if you can go to work and enjoy what you’re doing, get some sort of real buzz about the place and a real sense of achievement and then take that onto the pitch as a squad, not just as 11 players but as a squad, you’re going to do well and that is all led by the man at the helm.” 

Taylor, who has scored one goal this season, will be hoping to help his side maintain their unbeaten run and stretch it to four league games.

If the Reds grab a victory on Saturday and results go their way, they could climb from 17th to 14th in the Championship.

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Championship pair battle for Kienan Davis

Nottingham Forest and Stoke could be going head to head for the signature of Aston Villa frontman Kienan Davis.

Villa are reportedly set to send Davis on loan in January transfer window amid interest from the two Championship clubs.

The striker looked primed for a temporary move in the summer after failing to make his mark at Villa Park. The 23-year-old made just three starts in all competitions for Villa last season.

That had led Dean Smith to give Davis the green light to get game time elsewhere. As such, a number of Championship clubs were pursuing him in July.

Forest and Stoke were two of the clubs looking at Davis. He came off the bench in Villa’s 2-0 defeat to Stoke in pre-season and a deal looked likely.

“He is a Villa player and he came into the action today from the bench,” said Stoke boss Michael O’Neill.

“I am sure that he is a player who is on the list of a lot of Championship clubs. And we would put ourselves within that category.

“We will just have to wait and see what materialises over the next few weeks.”

But just as Davis looked set to be granted a loan move he injured his knee and was ruled out for two months. He remained at Villa Park to focus on his recovery process.

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