Cooper proud of Forest defensive display following draw to Sheffield United
Steve Cooper, Nottingham Forest head coach during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United at the City Ground, Nottingham on Tuesday 2nd November 2021. (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper has said that his side's defensive display will not go unnoticed after they played out a 1-1 draw at home to Sheffield United.

In a game that wasn't packed with clear cut opportunities, the Blades took the lead with 12 minutes remaining when Morgan Gibbs-White slotted home from a Billy Sharp cross.

Substitute Lewis Grabban made sure that Forest would come away with a point though when he smashed the ball into the roof of the net from close range in the 83rd minute.

On solid defensive display

Despite conceding first, throughout the Championship clash United failed to cause too much of a threat going forward and this was down to the solid defensive performance of Forest's back three which consisted of Joe Worrall, Tobias Figueiredo and Scott McKenna.

The visitors really struggled to break their line of defence and get in behind as apart from the goal Brice Samba only had to make one save of notice which came towards the end of the first period via a low shot from Rhian Brewster.

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When speaking on his outfit's remarkable defensive display, Cooper said: "We know that Sheffield had a lot of the ball in the first half, but they were not peppering even the box. We looked good tonight.

"The boys are a little frustrated we conceded and so am I, but it won't go unnoticed how well some of that stuff went tonight."

On making the fans proud

Last night's game marked Cooper's eighth game in charge of the club after succeeding Chris Hughton on the 21st September.

During that time he has only suffered one defeat and despite knowing that there are things to work upon, the former Swansea City boss insists that the club are doing everything they can to make the supporters proud.

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"We are going to stand up and be counted here as a football club because we are doing everything we can to connect with the supporters, to do what we are doing on the pitch, where people can be proud of what they are seeing

"We know we have got work to do, we know that we have got to be in a better place but we are trying".