Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce has been singing the praises of Ben Osborn.
The 20-year-old midfielder has been a bright spark for the Championship outfit in recent weeks and was once again given a chance to impress on Saturday.
Osborn failed to prevent Forest from slumping to a 2-0 home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship game, but Pearce was pleased with the youngster’s efforts.
“We’re going to have to work hard and get through this,” Pearce told Forest’s official website. “It’s important that the group don’t go hiding within themselves and that they come out fighting, probably the way Ben Osborn did in the second half. I thought he showed great vigour. His game was unshakeable.”
Against Wednesday, Osborn took one shot, had a pass accuracy of 63%, created three chances, put 11 crosses, attempted three take-ons and made one interception.
In 17 Championship appearances so far this season, the youngster has created 27 chances and has a pass accuracy of 80%.
Osborn is having a good season in regard to his age, and perhaps the underperforming Forest players can take some inspiration from him.
The Nottingham-based club are going through a really bad spell and have lost their last four matches in all competitions.
Forest currently find themselves 13th in the Championship table with 31 points from 25 matches, 10 points behind sixth-placed Watford.
A top-six finish is improbable but possible, but Forest need to stop the rot and start picking up points.