Garner started in midfield for Nottingham Forest as they pressed Liverpool to the max in a vibrant FA Cup clash, while parent club Manchester United watched keenly
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Garner is on loan from the Red Devils for the second straight season at the City Ground and has emerged as a key player under Steve Cooper. He has played 36 games in all competitions to help Forest advance to the play-offs and reach the quarter-finals FA Cupwhere they met the Reds on Sunday.
Cooper again chose Garner in central midfield, with the United youngster having started in every Forest game since November. Lined up alongside Ryan Yates, the 21-year-old played more than just his role as The The hosts pushed Liverpool to the max in a vibrant cup game.
Forest started the game solidly and while Liverpool quickly began to dominate the ball, the hosts themselves looked dangerous going forward. Roberto Firmino missed a huge chance in the first half when he was put on target.
But Forest had chances of their own, Philip Zinckernagel’s miss from six meters from Brennan Johnson’s cross arguably decisive. Diogo Jota scored the only goal of the game just minutes later when he and his opponent converted Kostas Tsimikas’ cross into the goal.
Garner played a big part in the game’s biggest decision as Ryan Yates held onto his brilliant through ball before being brought down by Alisson. However, contact with Yates was in question as the VAR decision wasn’t enough for it to be ruled a foul.
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Although he ended up being part of a team that was fired, Keane was full of praise for Garner’s performance. Speaking of itvKeane said: “He has a good partnership with Yates in midfield, I think they complement each other very well.
“He’s very technical and likes to dictate the game, sits a bit more than Yates. Tough game for him today but this game is good for these young players to see how they play against these top players like Liverpool , it’s a great way to learn.”
Garner more than held his own in the midfield battle, making three comebacks, winning five defensive duels and having a 68 percent pass accuracy rate. It was part of an impressive performance from the rest of his teammates, with Keane also taking the opportunity to praise Steve Cooper’s squad.
“They should be proud, I think Forest could be a bit unlucky in the second half. They had a moment or two but all the fans ask if the players give their all and they did tonight and I think Forest had some bad luck.” fair,” he said.
“The referee understood [Yates penalty shout] to the right. It was a brilliant pass and an absolutely fantastic touch but I think the problem with Yates is that he’s too honest and not smart enough.
“He should really try to approach the goalkeeper more because he thinks ‘I want to score’ and we can’t criticize him for that, but he needs to approach the goalkeeper and we probably see a more experienced player doing that does that. It’s frustrating because he’s so honest and tries to stay on his feet, but he had to be smarter there.
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