Credit: Ritchie Sumpter

Nottingham Forest head coach Steve Cooper hopes for further improvements from his side against Cardiff City despite a 3-0 win in their last outing.

The Reds are back in action fresh from Tuesday’s win over Barnsley with a trip to south Wales to take on a Cardiff City side hoping to push away from the relegation trio.

Cardiff have won just once in their last seven Championship matches, falling to just three points above the drop zone having enjoyed early season form which had them sitting in the top half of the standings.

It provides Forest the perfect opportunity to continue their winning ways and maintain their push for the play-offs.

Goals from Keinan Davis, Ryan Yates and Brennan Johnson secured the points for Cooper’s side against Barnsley, but the Forest chief believes there is still more to come from his in-form Reds.

Speaking ahead of the weekend clash, Cooper said: “I enjoyed the goals but we should have scored a couple more [against Barnsley].

“I didn’t like the performance, particularly in the second half; we are a much better team than what we showed.

Nottingham Forest head coach Steve Cooper (Credit: Ritchie Sumpter)

“In some ways the performance didn’t match up with the result, but there was still some good things.

“I liked the goals. It was good Djed [Spence] got an assist, Keinan [Davis] got a goal and we got a clean sheet too.

“So there was a lot of good things and good individual performances, but I didn’t love the overall performance if I am to be honest.”

Sunday’s clash with the Bluebirds precedes the transfer window slamming shut on Monday night.

The Reds have made three signings so far in the form of Richie Laryea, Steve Cook and Davis whilst Carl Jenkinson has joined Melbourne City on-loan and Jordi Osei-Tutu has returned to Arsenal.

Asked whether his squad could look any different heading into this weekend’s fixture, Cooper said: “We won’t have any players leave who we don’t want to leave, I’m certain of that.

“There will possibly be some incomings, but we have to wait and see.

“I don’t want loads of players. We want some additions in certain positions, some of which we have sorted early on and got done.

“There are maybe one or two things I would like to do. If we get it done then that’s great, if not then we carry on working away with the boys we have.”