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Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest face off in a major championship duel tonight. Both sides are keen to secure automatic promotion to the Premier League (Author: Gardener)

Nottingham ForestBournemouth and Nottingham Forest face off in a major championship battle tonight. Both sides are desperate to secure automatic promotion to the Premier League and are just three points behind champions Fulham. Scott Parker's Cherries will move up with a win tonight but Forest will level with them should they win before Saturday's finals. Bournemouth defeated Forest 2-1 in August with Philip Billing scoring the winning goal. This championship match will take place on Tuesday, May 3rd. talkSPORT will be broadcast exclusively from the Vitality Stadium with kick-off at 7:00 p.m. * Radio - talkSPORT is available across the UK on DAB digital radio and on 1089 or 1053 AM. * TV - Listen to talkSPORT on your TV on the following channels: Sky: Channel 0108 Virgin Media: Channel 927 Freeview: Channel 723 Freesat: Channel 731 Bournemouth Full-Back Jordan Zemura: “Obviously it's going to be super exciting. It's our last two games and this is a very important one. “I'm sure the crowd will be on their feet for 90 minutes and obviously they [Forest] have good support and a good following. Forest chief Steve Cooper: “We are really looking forward to this game. "We're looking forward to it, we're focused, we're ready for it. * Nottingham Forest have lost four of their last five league away games at Bournemouth, winning the other 2-1 in August 2014. * In their ninth season against Nottingham Forest, Bournemouth are looking for a 2-1 win after their first league double against them earlier this season. * Nottingham Forest are just one of three clubs Philip Billing has met more than once in the Football League (2 - also 2 against Barnsley and Cardiff), with the Dane scoring the winner when those two sides met in August. * Since Steve Cooper's first league game in charge in September, only leaders Fulham (48) have won more league points than Nottingham Forest (43). * After six games without a win in the Championship in November and December, Bournemouth have won five of their last seven league (L2) games and won their last three in a row.

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Bournemouth beat Forest to seal promotion

Kieffer Moore sends Bournemouth back into the Premier League with a late winner against Nottingham Forest. (Author: Gardener)

BournemouthKieffer Moore sent Bournemouth back to the Premier League with a late winner against Nottingham Forest that sealed automatic promotion from the Championship. Moore, a January signing from Cardiff who has only three substitute games through injury, was smothered by jubilant team-mates knowing a win against their closest challengers would end a two-year absence in the top flight. They return to the Premier League under manager Scott Parker, who is enjoying his second promotion in three campaigns after taking charge of Fulham in 2019-20 before leaving the west London club after being relegated to Bournemouth last season. The showdown between second and third place in the Championship, while lacking the hype and pageantry of a play-off final, felt every bit like the high-stakes encounter that makes the Wembley showcase the richest game in club football . In a thrilling and tense first half, Forest forward Sam Surridge hit the bar and was ignored after a false flag for offside against a powerful penalty. The visitors created little in a second half dominated by the Cherries, with Dominic Solanke hitting the side netting while Philip Billing and Jaidon Anthony tested Reds goalkeeper Brice Samba. When Jordan Zemura was brought down on the edge of the box, Billing looked ready to go straight on target. Instead, he spotted Moore free in the box to sweep home a goal that propelled the hosts back into the Premier League and sparked a party atmosphere at Vitality Stadium with enthusiastic home fans flocking to the pitch full-time. Bournemouth, now six points clear of Forest, have spent just one of the last 32 weeks outside of the automatic promotion places. In stark contrast, Forest spent 46 of the first 52 days of the season in the relegation zone after having their worst start to the season in more than a century. Since Cooper's appointment as Chris Hughton's successor in September, no side have picked up more points than the Reds as they made a once absurd bid to regain promotion to the Premier League after 23 years. When Forest celebrated their first win against Huddersfield on 18 September - a win achieved under caretaker Steven Reid - the East Midlands club were bottom of the table and 14 points behind then-leaders Bournemouth. Forest started the evening knowing that victory would put them ahead of the hosts on goal difference and put them in pole position to claim the last remaining automatic promotion spot with a game to go. After Billing tested Samba with an awkward curl shot, former Cherries forward Surridge took center stage and smashed the bar with a powerful shot before the controversial offside decision. Bournemouth emerged with renewed energy after the break, offering Forest little space or time to play the free-flowing attacking football with which they won nine of their previous ten games and creating the better chances before Moore buried his with a fine first finish beyond Samba with seven minutes remaining. Forest end the season with a trip to Hull on Saturday, knowing a win would guarantee them third place, while Bournemouth host Millwall who are hoping to sneak into the play-offs themselves. "It was easier said than done and we got sucked into it, it became a slugfest, a basketball game. If we had put on the same performance in the second half, there would have been only one winner. "We executed the second half tonight were we electrified and certainly worthy of the result. "Of course it hurts but like it or not we have to get over it and get ready for the play-offs." Congratulations to Bournemouth, it wasn't just about promotion tonight. We're going into the playoffs now to try and join them."

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Bournemouth were promoted to the Premier League after Kieffer's late goal sunk Moore Forest

Bournemouth 1-0 Nottingham Forest: Moore's late goal secured the Championship's second automatic promotion spot and sent Forest into the play-offs (Author: Gardener)

BournemouthKieffer Moore came off the bench, scoring a £120m goal and bringing Bournemouth back to the Premier League thanks to a 1-0 Championship win at home to rivals Nottingham Forest. Substitute Moore decided a tense game with a clean finish from a superbly worked free-kick to secure Scott Parker's men second place after two years in the second tier of English football. Bournemouth started the game brilliantly when Philip Billing forced a good save from Forest goalkeeper Brice Samba in just the fourth minute. Billing's curling effort - after cutting in from the left - appeared destined for the far corner before Samba threw himself down to slide the ball back for a corner. Brooks received a standing ovation from the home fans in the seventh minute - in honor of their number seven, who was watching from the executive boxes. Forest should have taken the lead in the ninth minute when Djed Spence put Sam Surridge on target with a superb defense-dividing pass. Bournemouth had a massive break three minutes from half-time when Travers brought Surridge down in the 18-yard box. Travers was saved from conceding a penalty by the assistant referee's offside flag, but TV replays showed Surridge had timed his run perfectly. Bournemouth had their first significant try of the second half when top scorer Dominic Solanke fired into the side netting after a through ball from Ryan Christie. Billing almost broke the deadlock in the 66th minute after passing Ryan Yates on the edge of his own box, but was only able to put the shot into Samba's legs from a tight angle. Moments later, former Bournemouth captain Steve Cook made a heroic block to deflect Christie's attempt away from goal after the Scotland international broke free in the box. The Cherries were now firmly in front and Samba was called into action again with 20 minutes remaining to thwart Jaidon Anthony's stabbing attempt. The hosts scored the deserved goal seven minutes before the end. Jordan Zemura's labyrinthine run resulted in a foul on the edge of the box and Billing deftly rolled a free-kick down the path of Moore, who coolly put the ball into the far post. Home fans flocked to the pitch full-time after their side survived eight long minutes of added time to seal their comeback in the top flight.

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Bournemouth beat Forest to seal promotion

Kieffer Moore sends Bournemouth back into the Premier League with a late winner against Nottingham Forest. (Author: Gardener)

BournemouthKieffer Moore sent Bournemouth back to the Premier League with a late winner against Nottingham Forest that sealed automatic promotion from the Championship. Moore, a January signing from Cardiff who has only three substitute games through injury, was smothered by jubilant team-mates knowing a win against their closest challengers would end a two-year absence in the top flight. They return to the Premier League under manager Scott Parker, who is enjoying his second promotion in three campaigns after taking charge of Fulham in 2019-20 before leaving the west London club after being relegated to Bournemouth last season. The showdown between second and third place in the Championship, while lacking the hype and pageantry of a play-off final, felt every bit like the high-stakes encounter that makes the Wembley showcase the richest game in club football . In a thrilling and tense first half, Forest forward Sam Surridge hit the bar and was ignored after a false flag for offside against a powerful penalty. The visitors created little in a second half dominated by the Cherries, with Dominic Solanke hitting the side netting while Philip Billing and Jaidon Anthony tested Reds goalkeeper Brice Samba. When Jordan Zemura was brought down on the edge of the box, Billing looked ready to go straight on target. Instead, he spotted Moore free in the box to sweep home a goal that propelled the hosts back into the Premier League and sparked a party atmosphere at Vitality Stadium with enthusiastic home fans flocking to the pitch full-time. Bournemouth, now six points clear of Forest, have spent just one of the last 32 weeks outside of the automatic promotion places. In stark contrast, Forest spent 46 of the first 52 days of the season in the relegation zone after having their worst start to the season in more than a century. Since Cooper's appointment as Chris Hughton's successor in September, no side have picked up more points than the Reds as they made a once absurd bid to regain promotion to the Premier League after 23 years. When Forest celebrated their first win against Huddersfield on 18 September - a win achieved under caretaker Steven Reid - the East Midlands club were bottom of the table and 14 points behind then-leaders Bournemouth. Forest started the evening knowing that victory would put them ahead of the hosts on goal difference and put them in pole position to claim the last remaining automatic promotion spot with a game to go. After Billing tested Samba with an awkward curl shot, former Cherries forward Surridge took center stage and smashed the bar with a powerful shot before the controversial offside decision. Bournemouth emerged with renewed energy after the break, offering Forest little space or time to play the free-flowing attacking football with which they won nine of their previous ten games and creating the better chances before Moore buried his with a fine first finish beyond Samba with seven minutes remaining. Forest end the season with a trip to Hull on Saturday, knowing a win would guarantee them third place, while Bournemouth host Millwall who are hoping to sneak into the play-offs themselves. "It was easier said than done and we got sucked into it, it became a slugfest, a basketball game. If we had put on the same performance in the second half, there would have been only one winner. "We executed the second half tonight were we electrified and certainly worthy of the result. "Of course it hurts but like it or not we have to get over it and get ready for the play-offs." Congratulations to Bournemouth, it wasn't just about promotion tonight. We're going into the playoffs now to try and join them."

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Bournemouth meet Fulham in the Premier League while Nottingham Forest are forced into the play-offs

Bournemouth are back in the Premier League, having sealed a late 1-0 home win over promotion rivals Nottingham Forest. A hit by Kieffer Moore sec (Author: Gardener)

Nottingham ForestBournemouth are back in the Premier League, having sealed a late 1-0 home win over promotion rivals Nottingham Forest. A goal from Kieffer Moore secured victory for the Cherries, who are promoted to the top flight two years after being relegated to Fulham. Forest, who needed a win to overtake Cherries in the table, must now try to end their 23-year exile in the top flight via the play-offs. Bournemouth started the game brilliantly when Philip Billing forced a good save from Forest goalkeeper Brice Samba in just the fourth minute. The Cherries received a boost ahead of the game when their Wales midfielder David Brooks revealed on social media that he was cancer-free. Brooks received a standing ovation from the home fans in the seventh minute - in honor of her number seven, who was watching from the executive boxes. Bournemouth had a massive break three minutes from half-time when Travers brought Surridge down in the 18-yard box. Travers was saved from conceding a penalty by the assistant referee's offside flag, but TV replays showed Surridge had timed his run perfectly. Bournemouth had their first significant try of the second half when top scorer Dominic Solanke fired into the side netting after a through ball from Ryan Christie. Billing almost broke the deadlock in the 66th minute after passing Ryan Yates on the edge of his own box, but was only able to put the shot into Samba's legs from a tight angle. Moments later, former Bournemouth captain Steve Cook made a heroic block to deflect Christie's attempt away from goal after the Scotland international broke free in the box. The Cherries were now firmly in front and Samba was called into action again with 20 minutes remaining to thwart Jaidon Anthony's stabbing attempt. The hosts scored the deserved goal seven minutes before the end. Jordan Zemura's labyrinthine run resulted in a foul on the edge of the box and Billing deftly rolled a free-kick down the path of Moore, who coolly put the ball into the far post. Home fans flocked to the pitch full-time after their side survived eight long minutes of added time to seal their comeback in the top flight.

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Kieffer Moore winner sends Cherries back to Premier League

Report and free match highlights from the Sky Bet Championship clash between Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest at Vitality Stadium as Kieffer Moore's late goal secured Scott Parker's Cherries promotion to the Premier League on Tuesday night (Author: Gardener)

CherriesBournemouth secured promotion back to the Premier League after a thrilling 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest at the Vitality Stadium. The only goal of the game came after 83 minutes on the South Coast when substitute Kieffer Moore slid past Brice Samba from close range, finishing a move straight from the training ground after being picked out by Philip Billing. The goal sparked wild cheers from a sold-out crowd and saw Scott Parker's Cherries join Fulham in the top flight next season after two seasons, dooming Forest to the play-offs. A day of potential celebrations got off to a perfect start as Bournemouth's David Brooks announced the news he is cancer-free after completing treatment after being diagnosed with stage two Hodgkin's lymphoma in October. When the game, which was postponed in February after Storm Eunice damaged Vitality Stadium, got underway, it immediately lived up to the hype promised beforehand; Every tackle was cheered, every attack roared as if it were a play-off final. As a light drizzle fell on the south coast, Bournemouth brought the game to their visitors but were soon left heart in their mouth when ex-Cherries frontman Sam Surridge collected a stunning pass from Djed Spence and fired a shot off the bar. The hosts had their moments up front but the truth was they were fleeting as 30-goal striker Dominic Solanke stayed calm in the final third. Forest came again after about half an hour when Philip Zinckernagel's square ball dodged Surridge and fell on Brennan Johnson, whose solid connection was repelled by Jordan Zemura on the line. And five minutes from the break they were denied a penalty when Surridge was brought down by Mark Travers in the box, a controversial offside flag not letting the hosts blush. Parker's men stepped up their game after the break. An intuitive pass through the lines from Ryan Christie freed Solanke, but he fired into the sidenet while Samba came in to ward off efforts from Lewis Cook and Jaidon Anthony. And just when it looked like they would go home without a goal and take the drama to the last day, Bournemouth cemented their efforts in the second half. Billing played a free-kick to Moore, who was waiting at the far post, to bring home the priceless winner. "I thought Moore played really well tonight. He changed the game when he came on.” Bournemouth's Scott Parker: “First and foremost, I'm happy for the fans and my group of players. They deserve to get into the position we are in to get promoted to the Premier League. I was disappointed with the first half - for everything we talked about that week, we never wanted the game to be a basketball game. "We played against a good team - a lot of their goals came from counterattacks. That suits Nottingham Forest and not us. I never wanted the emotions of this game to overwhelm us. I was talking about our game plan. We showed our dominance in the second half.” What would a promotion race for the championship be without a bit of drama? Just one win would be enough for Bournemouth if they were looking to secure automatic promotion with a game to go and although they left late they did just that. "Forest will certainly be saddened that they didn't come off a strong performance in the capitalized in the first half, especially after the controversial penalty decision which didn't go their way. But they were second best after the break, it has to be said. The eight minutes of added time at the end made things a little more exciting, but they couldn't force the equalizer that would have brought the automatic promotion race into the final day.” So the Reds will have to settle for the play-offs, going 15 games unbeaten to start before suffering a slump similar to last season's. This time they were prepared; this time they crossed the finish line." Both teams are on the final day of the season, Saturday 7th M ai, back in action at 12:30 p.m. Bournemouth host Millwall at Vitality Stadium while Nottingham Forest travel to MKM Stadium to face Hull.

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Scott Parker's Bournemouth were promoted to the Premier League after beating Nottingham Forest

Bournemouth ended Forest's automatic promotion hopes with a strike by Kieffer Moore (Author: Gardener)

BournemouthThere is indeed life in the Premier League at Bournemouth after Eddie Howe. After being relegated amid the specter of Covid-19 in July 2020, they have bounced back for the second time and after five history-making seasons under Howe, it's Scott Parker who has guided them back to the promised land of English football at the first ask. Having to beat Nottingham Forest here to secure a second automatic promotion spot alongside Fulham, there was never the slightest sense that Bournemouth were playing to defend their position ahead of Saturday's final round of league games. Instead, they attacked and constantly brought the game to the visitors, who themselves had come into the game with a chance to overtake Bouremouth into second place with a win. A tense, breathless affair ensued that was not decided until the 83rd minute when Kieffer Moore, the ex-lifeguard, calmly put the finishing touches on Dominic Solanke's innovative free-kick. "We're going up," echoed around an ecstatic Dean Court, and in scenes reminiscent of their original promotion to the Premier League in 2015, there was a joyful invasion of the pitch after the final whistle as fans saluted their Heroes at one of the celebration harried biggest nights in the club's history. BREAKING: Bournemouth are promoted to the Premier League after beating Nottingham Forest 1-0 tonight 🏆 pic.twitter.com/jGSvdTLsWh - Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) May 3, 2022 One of European football's great clubs has been eliminated English Premier League side since 1999 but after looking like relegation contenders before Christmas they ended the season brilliantly. And even factoring in that setback, they will still be the best team going into the playoffs at the end of the season. Unhappy that the game was postponed just four hours before kick-off in February due to high winds from Storm Eunice, Forest even filed a letter of complaint with the Football League. With Steve Cook at the heart of Forest's defense and Sam Surridge at the forefront of their attack, two former Bournemouth players were also back in familiar territory. The atmosphere was intense and play soon developed into a pattern where Bournemouth generally controlled possession but Forest worked effectively off the ball to smother their attacks before launching quick counterattacks up front. They also created the best chances initially when Djed Spence brilliantly opened up the Bournemouth defense for Surridge, whose shot beat goalkeeper Mark Travers but fired off the bar. The Forest defense was tested most stubbornly on Bournemouth's left, with the superb Jordan Zemura whipping a particularly dangerous ball over the six-yard box that required crucial intervention from Jack Colback. The game was played at a breathless pace and as half time approached it was Surridge again who might have put Forest ahead. He appeared to have dodged the offside trap before going down under a challenge from Travers but the flag went up and Bournemouth survived what would have been a plausible penalty call. The half-time break rejuvenated Bournemouth, who showed absolutely no desire to sit back for a draw and did everything they could to secure their promotion chance at the first opportunity. Bournemouth were forced into their first move when Jefferson Lerma went down injured and was replaced by Moore in attack, but it actually worked to Bournemouth's immediate advantage. Much more physical, Moore offered Bournemouth more variation in attack and they soon created a number of wonderful chances. First Billing shot tamely at Samba after edging into the box and then Jadon Anthony tested the Forest goalkeeper too. The combination of Moore and Solanke created huge defensive problems for Forest and unlike in the first half the visitors couldn't even threaten the occasional breakthrough up front. Zemura, who was outstanding, then delivered a wonderful fun forward and Bournemouth, who was turned around on the edge of the box, executed a brilliant free-kick. Solanke formed for the shot but instead rolled his pass to the unmarked Moore, who calmly delivered a famous finish past Travers. Cue delirium at Dean Court and after a two-year absence, Bournemouth are back in the Premier League.

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Championship promotion battle is 'our biggest game of this century'

Bournemouth are three points clear of Forest and have two games remaining in Tuesday's big showdown between the clubs at the Vitality Stadium (Author: Gardener)

BournemouthBournemouth vs. Nottingham Forest isn't necessarily an all-important clash, but it certainly feels like it. With Fulham already assured of a speedy return to the Premier League, there is an automatic promotion spot up for grabs and only two sides can secure it: Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest. While the Cherries were expected to be in contention for the title in preseason and have been there all along, Forest have exceeded expectations after a nightmarish start that saw them shore up the table after seven games. They have picked up more points (75) than any other Championship club since Steve Cooper's first game in charge - a 1-1 draw against Millwall in late September. "We're under a lot of pressure," confirms Sam Davis, a Bournemouth fan and host of the Back of the Net podcast. "I'm afraid that for a team that's been on the automatic places for most of the season, what it would do mentally and psychologically if we didn't finish there." Scott Parker's side are enjoying a three-point lead over their visitors at Vitality Stadium and have had an encouraging week after overcoming a 3-0 deficit with a 3-3 draw against Swansea before Blackburn's play-off -Dashed hopes with an impressively comfortable 3-1. 0 win on Saturday. But Forest has a bigger momentum behind it. "I think it's fair to say it's our biggest game of this century," Paul Severn, a board member of Nottingham Forest Supporters' Trust, told i. "We've flirted with the playoffs before but they've never really gone well for us, Forest have never reached a Wembley final [since it reopened in 2007] so we'd like to automatically move up. Would you have that Offered to supporters of both clubs the assurance that their club would finish the campaign in a play-off position before a ball was kicked, you would imagine the majority would have accepted, but with the prospect of finishing so close second "Escape from the unpredictability and agony of the play-offs is clearly the desired outcome. There's an inevitable sense of dread at the potential impact of a doomed promotion boost. "Most Bournemouth fans think it's this season or Broke," Davis admits. "I know we have a third season of parachute payments coming up, but I'm not sure if some of the stars we have, like Llo yd kelly, jefferson lerma or dominic solanke, would stay if we didn't go up. “The Parker methodology is based on a project and he would have to tear it up and start almost from scratch if we lost some of our key players. Forest would also risk a talented team being picked apart by Premier League clubs if they fall short. Loanees Djed Spence and James Garner could also play in the top flight next season with or without Forest. However, whatever the outcome of this season, Forest's top priority is undoubtedly keeping the coach. "Steve Cooper did a wonderful job," said Forest legend Stuart Pearce last week. It feels like a different club. After every game, he marches across the City Ground pitch and pumps his fist in all the stands. He gets the club and the fans.” Parker has perhaps had a more difficult task, attracting a fanbase who had long loved Eddie Howe and were now lauded for his work at Newcastle. "Under Howe we loved the football we played, it was really cool and exciting to watch," Davis recalled. “This season wasn't, but it was methodical and it produced results. “But you have to give credit to Scott Parker. He's taken a side that felt very disjointed early in the season and brought it to the gel. There's a job to be done and when he does that you can't say he's done a bad job.” So which club will be on pole position alongside Fulham next season in the Premier League? "I'm aiming for a 2-1 win," Davis says cautiously. "But a draw is not the worst result for us. "It might not work, but I don't think anyone will be too keen on getting on the City Ground in the playoffs. Swansea are not a bad team and they were smashed on Saturday so all is not lost if we don't do it on Tuesday.

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The inside story of Nottingham Forest's remarkable renaissance

Forest automatically advance to the promotion spot if they beat Bournemouth on Tuesday - six months after falling 19 points adrift of the Dorset club (Author: Gardener)

Nottingham Forest'sNottingham Forest are within reach of automatic promotion to the Premier League under Steve Cooper (above right) and are hoping the good times can return after more than two decades in the top flight. Ninety minutes before each game, Steve Cooper calls his players together for a meeting. It's not a long conversation - usually no more than five minutes - and, in keeping with Cooper's quiet style, the scene is hardly Churchillian. However, the message is always clear: playing for Nottingham Forest is an honor and one that should never be taken for granted. After eight games into the season, Forest was rooted at the bottom of the table; On 30 October they were 19 points behind Bournemouth in 18th place. On Tuesday night they can automatically jump Dorset Club into the promotion places on goal difference with just one game left. The championship isn't averse to a Renaissance tale, but Forest's record under Cooper borders on the ridiculous. Since his appointment in September, he has gained more points (75) than any other manager and recorded 14 wins and three draws (including 11 clean sheets) in his last 19 league games. For the first time since 1999 - a year of Westlife No 1s, Tony Blair, Fight Club and Football: Bloody Hell - fans dare to dream of a return to the major leagues. Typical of Cooper's stance is that he wants to downplay the pressure of Tuesday's seismic encounter at Vitality Stadium. When the season is over we can think about anything, but that's certainly not the time.” Cooper came at a time when Forest had serious fears of relegation and Chris Hughton was sacked after losing six in seven league games. A progressive, forward-thinking coach, established at Liverpool academy before winning the World Cup with England Under-17s five years ago, Cooper relies on modern techniques. Steve Cooper has worked wonders with the two-time European Cup winners. Cooper's philosophy is to play fast forwards and backwards and break lines. The focus is always on how Forest can dominate the ball and score goals: the 4-1 win over Leicester in the FA Cup was Cooper's vision, capitalized in high definition. Against his former club Swansea, Cooper's side had just 30 per cent possession on Saturday but still emerged victorious 5-1, proving that it's not how much ball he has but what his team does with it that matters. Cooper can be flexible – one of his most satisfying moments this season was a tactical tweak against rivals Derby when he switched from a back three to a back four in the first half – and he's also willing to take suggestions from his players. Forest captain Lewis Grabban and Steve Cook have been invaluable this season, while it may surprise some fans that Gaëtan Bong - who has not played this year - is also an influential figure. While Hughton was keen on good timekeeping, Cooper preferred to trust his players. Lateness is then considered a disappointment to the group, which Cooper considers to be a greater punishment than a fine. Cooper also takes a personal touch when signing players: He convinced both Cook and Keinan Davis to sign in January by having long chats on Zoom, outlining his philosophy and telling them where they would fit on his team. Another side of Cooper that illustrates his personal touch is how he has brought the office staff together and often visits them after practice to make it clear that the club has an 'all as one' mentality. He will point to his backroom workers as key figures in the turnaround. First-team coaches Alan Tate and Steven Reid are highly experienced and have enjoyed long playing careers, while head of analysis Steve Rands has worked under Pep Guardiola and Frank Lampard. Meanwhile, former head of sport science for England and Everton, David Tivey, has helped develop Forest into one of the fittest teams in the division. "There's a lot of meetings and a lot of attention to detail," Cook said. "It's all explained, how we play a certain way and when we lose games we know exactly why." The training ground is vital for Cooper. Very early in his tenure, a new £20,000 auditorium was created where team and individual meetings are held. It's these small improvements that propel Forest into a new era, meeting the demands of a big club. Evangelos Marinakis, the club's owner, is fully on board and speaks to Cooper regularly. Chief Executive Dane Murphy was appointed last summer and was recently named CEO of the Year by FC Business Magazine. Marinakis' support in January is seen as crucial, with the signings of Cook, Davis and £2m striker Sam Surridge proving a masterstroke and it can be shown that Forest also made a serious attempt at Victor in March Signing Moses from Spartak Moscow. Now the full focus is on Bournemouth with the game's postponement in February providing an intriguing subplot. Forest was frustrated when Bournemouth called off the game with less than four hours to go due to strong winds and even a Complaint filed with the F Football League. Auto-ascension is now at stake and Forest is determined to continue its upward trajectory.

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Marco Silva's side take the Sky Bet Championship title while Aleksandar Mitrovic breaks the record in the second division

Coverage and free match highlights from the Sky Bet Championship clash between Fulham and Luton Town at Craven Cottage (Author: Gardener)

Marco Silva'sFulham won the Sky Bet Championship in style, beating Luton Town 7-0 at Craven Cottage while Aleksandar Mitrovic broke another record. The Serbian forward broke Guy Whittingham's second division record of 42 goals in a single 46-game season with his two strikes in the second half that put him at 43 for the season with one game to play. "I know I've always tried to say I wasn't thinking about the record, but when you get that close and everyone starts talking [about it], obviously I wanted to break [it] and today it happened. ' Mitrovic told Sky Sports after the game. "A big win was something special, so I think we ended the season the way we dreamed, the way we wanted, with a big win at home in front of our crowd, and I broke the record, so that was it Perfect." With a stunning result in Fulham's final home game of the season, they lifted the trophy in front of their own fans as they prepare for another Premier League season. After slipping against Nottingham Forest midweek, Fulham knew a win would see them secure the title. And although it was to be an even affair in the first half - both goalkeepers were forced to make early saves - when Fulham scored they did not look back. The hosts scored their 100th league goal of the season with Tom Cairney's opening goal. He played a clean pass down the right side of the box for Harry Wilson, who then returned the ball to his captain up front. Ten minutes later, a goal of similar quality doubled the lead. Peter Kioso, who replaced the injured Fred Onyedinma after the opening goal, headed the ball clear but only as far as Kenny Tete, who then put the ball in with a fantastic shot from 20 metres. Both Wilson and Cairney could have added the third on either side of the break, but it was Fabio Carvalho who came up with the goods in the 54th minute. It was a brilliant run from the youngster, cutting in from the left, Mitrovic's through ball being tipped in his path by Wilson. Carvalho then picked up the pass before passing Matt Ingram - and more goals were to come in the second half. Mitrovic then equaled Whittingham's record with Fulham's fourth. The forward picked up Wilson's through ball, his first attempt bouncing off a sliding Reece Burke. However, the ball was immediately at Mitrovic's feet again as he displayed brilliant instincts to pass Ingram. Carvalho hopped over the top of the area before piercing the ball for Bobby Decordova-Reid. Jean Michael Seri was only seven minutes into the game when he scored Fulham's sixth goal. It was also from a similar distance as Tetes as Luton didn't clear their lines properly. Seri picked up the loose ball from 20 yards and shot the ball home. But there was more to come as Mitrovic sealed the league title in style and set another record. He was picked down the left side of the area before firing past a battered Ingram into the far corner and celebrating with the fans behind the goal. It will be a disappointing result for Luton, who will now be aiming for a win against Reading on Saturday to secure his place in the Championship play-offs. "They [the players] worked really hard to achieve it. It was fantastic to do it the way we did tonight, it reflects our ferocity and everything we've done this season." They should really celebrate because they achieved something really important, but the way they did it was amazing and I'm really proud of them. "It's been a fantastic season. "The gap between the competitions [Championship and Premier League] is widening but we've built a fantastic platform this season and we want to continue to do that. "Obviously it's going to be tough [in the Premier League] but we have to be positive because we've done really well, we have good players, we're a good club and we want to grow to prepare well for the future." Me really think Fulham will be there for a long long time if we can stay up a year. "We'll enjoy this moment before thinking about next season, but the goal will be to stay in the league." "He also brought attacking football with him. I've never played under a coach when you're 2-0 or 3-0 up at half-time and you say 'go and score more goals in the second half', so he's different. " "We're an aggressive side, we want to play a certain way, but I've replaced nine first-team players. That's equivalent to losing nine players, including Mitrovic, and moving to Man City - that's the difference. " in what it is. Goal difference won't matter I'm sure so we have a game to make sure we win it and we would have taken that at the start of the season. "We have that. We have to dust ourselves off, make sure we're ready for a home game and win. Everything about it [the game] didn't go right. But this is football and we can't go into that... We've got four days now, to be ready for our biggest game in a long time." Fulham's final game of the season on Saturday will see them play Sheffield United who will also be looking to secure their own place in the play-offs. Luton will host Reading , with both games kicking off at 12.30pm.

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