Dougie Freedman’s unbeaten start as Nottingham Forest manager stretched to five matches on Wednesday evening, as the home side came from behind to claim a 2-1 win over high-flying Bournemouth.
Andrew Surman gave Bournemouth a third-minute lead with a long-range strike, before defender Jamaal Lascelles levelled things up 18 minutes later when he shot from the edge of the area through a crowed box to claim his first goal since last April.
Henri Lansbury’s free-kick then put Forest ahead just before the break, and Freedman’s men stayed in front for the duration of second-half to keep their faint play-off hopes alive with 13 Championship fixtures remaining.
Having taken 13 points from the past five matches to move up to eighth in the table, one of the key reasons for their recent revival has been the form of on-loan Aston Villa midfielder Gary Gardner, who appears to be thriving in a deeper defensive role under the new boss.
With the youngster’s presence in front of the back-four freeing up Ben Osborn and stand-in skipper Lansbury to push forward, fans have been more than pleased with his impact, and a number took to Twitter following the Bournemouth result to hail his latest run out and even call for his permanent signing.
Lansbury's form is all down to Gardner#nffc— Joseph hunt (@Josephhunt23) February 25, 2015
Gardner was a rock yet again, put in some really good tackles to break up the play. Osborn,Collins,Burke,Lansbury all had top games.— Bankzy (@ChadNotts) February 25, 2015
#nffc what a midfield now, Gardner the caretaker freeing the boys up, what a defence, working as a unit, confidence is ousing— steve boorman (@boormansteve) February 25, 2015
@22Gards Great team performance, proper graft from back to front. Well deserved, did the badge proud again— Sheldon Miller (@SheldonMiller) February 25, 2015
NFFC (@mac123_m) February 25, 2015
I'll be gutted if we don't sign @22Gards he's everything you want in a player— Jess. (@jessica_jaee) February 25, 2015