The Reds academy graduate impressed for Sabri Lamouchi’s side at the City Ground in the Carabao Cup win over the Pride Park rivals.
A number of Nottingham Forest fans have taken to Twitter to praise Reds boss Sabri Lamouchi for what he told Brennan Johnson ahead of the Carabao Cup game against Derby County at the City Ground, as reported by BBC Nottingham Sport.
The Reds put their bitter rivals to the sword in Bridgford as goals from Albert Adomah, Joe Lolley and the returning Joao Carvalho ensured a straightforward 3-0 victory for the hosts against their bitter rivals.
Johnson, the son of Forest goalscoring cult hero David Johnson, was handed his full Reds debut by Lamouchi against the Rams and he put in a superb display which included a crunching tackle on Lee Buchanan and a delivery for what should have been the opener for Rafa Mir.
To put an 18-year-old in such a high-profile fixture could have been deemed a risk but it certainly yielded dividends and Lamouchi told BBC Nottingham Sport how he sought to take the pressure off the young attacking midfielder.
Lamouchi: “When I put in Brennan Johnson, I was not worried. I said if you play good you will stay with us, if you play bad you will stay with us, so just play”.#nffc 3-0 Derby— BBC Nottingham Sport (@BBCRNS) 27 August 2019
Plenty of Forest fans took to social media and praised Lamouchi for his man management skills:
Absolutely brilliant man management for a young lad , that’ll take soo much pressure off— Damian Warnes (@djw_uk) 27 August 2019
Love that, takes all the pressure off the lad, class management #NFFC— Dean Gibson (@DMGibo) 27 August 2019
His man management is outstanding!! He has plans a b and c he’s got the defence looking solid!! Class!!!— scott dalby (@nffcscotty) 27 August 2019
Can’t remember when I had so much faith in a boss/coach— Paul Buttery (@PaulButtery2) 27 August 2019
That is superb management of a young player. It gives him no fear. #nffc— John Patching (@JohnPatching) 27 August 2019
How refreshing is that!! “Just go an play” love it— Gavreds84 (@gavreds84) 27 August 2019
Man. Management ❤️— Lewis Morris (@lewis_nffc) 27 August 2019
that’s when you know you’ve got a good manager— Jake Benskin (@jakebenskin_) 27 August 2019
This bloke is growing on me— Jez (@jez_peck) 28 August 2019
Finally we seem to have a coach who knows how to manage players after many years of dross crap man-management. We are actually creating chances from wing play and scoring instead of playing crab possession footy. Who would have thought it. Get in— Barnesy (@JBarnesy38) 28 August 2019
Forest will find out who they face in the next round on Wednesday night, the third-round draw taking place at Sincil Bank, following the conclusion of the televised fixture between Lincoln City and Everton.
Up next for the Reds is another home game as they welcome Preston North End to the City Ground in the Championship this Saturday.