Swansea City coached Steve Cooper has paid tribute to Nottingham Forest’s fine defensive record but, in quotes reported by Wales Online, he's made it clear that he doesn’t expect Sabri Lamouchi’s side to park the bus against the early Championship leaders.
With six games gone, things could hardly be going any better for Cooper in his first senior managerial role in club football.
The former England U17 boss has guided an un-fancied Swansea to the top of the table with 16 points from a possible 18, beating pre-season title-favourites Leeds United at Elland Road last time out.
The Swans will face a tough test on Saturday, however, when they host a Forest side who have impressed under Lamouchi, despite drawing more games than they have won since the former Rennes boss took over from Martin O'Neill.
Joe Worrall and the evergreen Michael Dawson have formed a fine partnership at the heart of Forest’s defence but, with Tiago Silva, Lewis Grabban and Albert Adomah in fine form, don’t expect the visitors to be clinging on for dear life at the Liberty Stadium.
Cooper certainly doesn’t.
“They scored fairly early at Fulham (a 2-1 win a fortnight ago), I wouldn’t say they’ll be sitting off and just defensively minded,” Cooper said when asked what he expects from the two-time European champions.
“Yes they are good defensively but I see a good football match coming up. We’ve just got to focus on what we bring to it. They’re in good form and it’s got the makings of a good match.”
Lamouchi has shown a refreshing ability to alter his tactics depending on the opposition and it remains to be seen what style he uses to get the best of a so-far unbeaten Swansea side in South Wales.
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