Nottingham Forest fans react on Twitter to Gary Gardner's performance against Rotherham

Gary Gardner

How Forest's Twitter-based supporters reacted to the Aston Villa loanee's showing in the 2-0 home win.

Nottingham Forest moved within eight points of the Championship play-off places on Wednesday night with a 2-0 home win over Rotherham, as on-loan Aston Villa midfielder Gary Gardner picked up the man of the match award for his performance.

Dexter Blackstock's lob opened the scoring two minutes before the break to put Dougie Freedman’s side on course for a fifth straight home win, before Michail Antonio’s wonder strike moments later iced the result.

It was Gardner and not one of the goalscorers who was deemed the night’s star performer, however, as the former England Under-21 international put in a fine performance in the centre of the park, keeping things ticking over with his neat passing and intelligent positioning.

He didn’t manage to net one of his now-trademark wonder strikes but 94 touches, 70 passes, 10 won headers, four interceptions, eight clearances and two blocked shots underlined his influence on the game.

Long-considered one of Villa’s most promising talents, a couple of serious ligament injuries have derailed Gardner’s career in the West Midlands but things now look to be heading in the right direction again.

After a five-month spell at Brighton and his stint at Forest, the claret and blue product is beginning to fulfil his potential in a deeper midfield role and, while Reds fans would like him to stick around long-term judging from the Twitter reaction, his current form is sure to have made an impression on Tim Sherwood.

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