The Warmdown: Forest make it six straight home wins in the Championship
NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - APRIL 18: Jack Colback of Nottingham Forest celebrates scoring their side's third goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and West Bromwich Albion at City Ground on April 18, 2022 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Nottingham Forest fans left the City Ground elated with their club for the sixth game in a row. 

The Reds haven’t won six successive league games at the City Ground since the 2009/10 season, and a 4-0 win over West Bromwich Albion has edged Forest closer to confirming a play-off spot. 

Here are some talking points from Monday night.

Nottingham Forest bounce back in style once again

It’s not very often that Steve Cooper has lost as Nottingham Forest manager, but one thing is clear - his team bounces back.

After losing his first game to Fulham, Steve Cooper led Forest to a nine-game unbeaten run in the Championship. After losing to Middlesbrough and Huddersfield Town, the Reds won three in a row. Finally, after losing to Cardiff City, Cooper’s team went ten league games unbeaten. 

Friday’s loss to Luton Town was difficult to take for many reasons, but Forest have backed it up with a resounding victory. 

Darnell Furlong’s red card after 17 minutes allowed the Reds to take control of the game, and they did. 

Brennan Johnson coolly slotted the resulting penalty and gave Forest the lead within 20 minutes. Four minutes later, a James Garner corner was headed in by Ryan Yates to give the East Midlands team a firm grip on the game. 

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It was the third goal, though, that left everyone in the City Ground with their hands on their heads. Deep into the first half, Jack Colback unleashed a volley from an impossible-tight angle on the left-hand side, looping the ball over David Button into the far side of the net. A finish that has already been mentioned as a potential goal of the season. 

Finally, after controlling the entire second half, Forest had their fourth when Sam Surridge clinically finished an opportunity presented by Philip Zinckernagel, putting an end to West Brom’s miserable evening. The Baggies finished the game without a single shot on target. 

Brennan Johnson a handful for the Baggies backline 

Johnson added two more direct goal involvements to his Championship tally to take the total up to 24 for the season so far. 

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The Forest academy product started strongly and looked to impose himself on the game as much as possible from the get-go, making interceptions up front and creating opportunities. 

Johnson’s goal came from a penalty and his assist was a short pass for Colback’s volley, but the forward was a threat to West Brom’s defence all night. 

The 20-year-old was fouled once, had two shots on target and completed four key passes - the most in the game. He also created more chances than the whole West Brom team combined (1). 

Worrall was in the thick of everything

Joe Worrall had the most touches of any player on the pitch during this fixture (126). 

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As well as displaying defensive solidity with two clearances, two interceptions, one blocked shot and 100 percent aerial duel success, the 25-year-old also used his passing ability to contribute to the attacking side of Forest’s game. 

Worrall completed the most passes (109) on the pitch and was the most accurate passer of the ball during the win (93%). 

The Nottingham born defender also completed one key pass and nine accurate long balls for the forward line. 

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