Nottingham Forest extended their unbeaten run to eight as they produced one of the high-scoring football results of the weekend in the Championship. After a goalless first half, Philip Zinckernagel put the in-form team ahead before Lewis Grabban doubled their advantage two minutes later. Joe Piroe gave the home side some hope by pulling one back but Brennan Johnson restored the two-goal lead in the 68th minute. Cafu then completed the thrashing in the last minute of stoppage time. Cooper took Swansea to the playoffs during his stint at the club.
Swansea’s Russell Martin: “We had the better chances and should be one or two up at half-time. I thought we were great in the first half. We concede a goal too early in the second half, don’t react well enough to that, and concede again. It’s just happened too many times. When we concede, for the next five minutes, we weren’t us. If we cut out the individual mistakes we’ll be more than fine. We’re being punished for individual errors at the moment, but we will get there.”
Nottingham Forest’s Steve Cooper: “Tactically we were perfect. We came here to win, full of confidence, expecting to win the game, but we knew we had to do it in a certain way. The guys played the game-plan exactly as we wanted it to go. We accepted Swansea would have more of the ball and make more passes, but where that happens is the most important thing.”
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