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Cooper hails positive Forest trend – but reveals anger at unjust decision

Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper (left) embraces Nottingham Forest's Philip Zinckernagel after the Championship match at QPR

Steve Cooper claims his Nottingham Forsest side are making progress following their 1-1 draw against QPR on Friday night.

Jack Colback scored an injury-time equaliser to rescue a point for Forest at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium on Friday night. The match was Cooper’s eighth game in charge, and Forest have lost just once in that time. Cooper believes that the club is now heading in the right direction following a tough start to the season.

After the game, he said: “Every day we’re laying little foundations and I’m trying to build on it every single day.

“And I’m starting to see some repetition in our games, some repeated moves and some trends. I think it’s really important to have an identity.

“We showed the right mentality to get something out of the game and that’s something I’m really proud of.”

Cooper took charge of Forest in September following the dismissal of Chris Hughton.

The former Swansea boss has enjoyed a successful start with the club, but believes there is still more to do.

Despite the dramatic equaliser, Cooper still believes his side should not settle with just a point.

“I’m never going to be completely satisfied with a point. We’re Nottingham Forest and we’re bigger than that. But you’ve got to look at the game and there were positives to come from it.

“It was the least we deserved from the game. I’m just pleased we managed to get something.

“If I’m being honest, I’ve got real mixed emotions about the result but if I were sitting here and we’d lost 1-0, it would have been a tough one to take.”

Cooper once again angered by decision

 Cooper once again expressed his frustration at the officiating during the Rangers game.

The manager believed his side should have had a penalty early on, as Djed Spence was brought down in the box.

“I have seen the footage. Let’s leave it at that,” Cooper said of the decision.

“I say leave it at that, but you just want them (the officials) to get the 50-50 ones. They are difficult moments, humans, all the things that we say with these decisions. But the obvious ones are the ones which are tough to take.”

The Welshman was also angered by officials in his side’s 4-0 defeat to Fulham last week.