Credit: Richie Sumpter

Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper believes that his team can improve their performance despite a resounding 3-0 win over bottom club Barnsley.

Forest maintain their perfect start to 2022 with a fourth straight win to move up to 7th in the league.

Kennan Davis opened the scoring, Ryan Yates and Brennan Johnson added further goal as forest maintain their playoff push at the City Ground on Tuesday.

Cooper said: “I’m pleased with the result, enjoyed the goals and we should’ve scored a couple more.

“I didn’t love that performance, particularly in the second half.

“We are much better team than what we showed.”

Barnsley, who haven’t won in ten league games, reported only 12 players fit for training Monday and travelled to the Nottingham without boss Poya Asbaghi wo had displayed Covid-19 symptoms.

Forest opened the scoring in the 15th minute after Aston Villa loanee Keinan Davis robbed possession from Barnsley defender Mads Andersen and ran away to calmly slot it past Brad Collins.

Ryan Yates turned home a low cross from Brennan Johnson to double the home teams advantage, making it the first time they have scored in the first half since November.

Djed Spence’s fabulous driving run past Barnsley’s left hand side led to Johnson scoring his 6th league goal of the season as he faces interest from Premier League sides notably Brentford and Newcastle.

Cooper praised Davis for his first goal in Forest uniform: “I’m really pleased, his overall play has been good, he’s getting fit for 90 minutes.

“He has come here to play well, he’s come to score goals as well and he’s a handful to play against.”

The Reds sit in 7th place a couple points of a playoff place after missing out last year.

Their next game is away to 20th place Cardiff City, who are winless in their last five championship games and are fighting relegation.

Key man for Cardiff, Kieffer Moore, has interest from playoff placed Bournemouth, whave been informed off his £10 million price tag.

The Welsh international finished last season as the fourth top goal scorer with 20 goals and winning February play of the month after scoring five goals in seven matches.

Moore hasn’t quite replicated his form this season but could be one to score on the weekend.