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Forest boss Cooper happy with Palace draw; pleased with Awoniyi

Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper was left satisfied with their 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace.

Taiwo Awoniyi had Forest ahead before Will Hughes found an equaliser for Palace.

Cooper said, "There should be a tinge of disappointment when you're 1-0 up and not much is in the game.

"But a good performance, we were away from home and everyone knows how that has been this year. After securing status in Premier League last week, I really liked the boys focus and attitude. They've shown that all week and I wasn't worried about the opposite.

"It was a decent game and fairly decent way to end."

On Awoniyi's form, he added: "You always want your number nine scoring goals. I've said before that we missed him a lot when he got injured and he missed three months. He was doing well just before that and so to get him back in the form he has shown has been excellent.

"Today's goal was excellent. A good move, we planned to get down the sides of Palace, good ball from Morgan and Taiwo did brilliant to get in, create the chance and score."

On kicking on next season, Cooper concluded: "That has to be the intention. We've got to have a really busy summer. Not just on the pitch but off the pitch to make sure we keep growing as a Premier League club.

"A lot of work to be done. It's a completely different situation to last year when we got promoted. We've got a base now and we've given ourselves an opportunity. But it is just an opportunity, you have to take it."

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