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Cotterill On New Boys

Posted on: Wed 01 Feb 2012
Steve Cotterill has welcomed the deadline day arrivals of defenders Scott Wootton and Danny Higginbotham to Nottingham Forest.

It was announced that Wootton and Higginbotham were joining the club on loan for the remainder of the season from Stoke and Manchester United respectively after The Reds had slipped to another disappointing home defeat.

They were beaten 2-0 by Burnley, leaving them second from bottom and five points adrift of safety.

But boss Cotterill believes the two new boys will boost Forest's bid for Championship survival.

He told us: "Scott is a good footballer, he's composed. He's a big lad and played very well against us here for Peterborough - he actually played in midfield that day - and he will bring a bit of youthful exuberance to us.

"It wasn't too costly to bring him in and we're bringing in an experienced player in Danny Higginbotham.

"He will bring good leadership skills to the dressing room and not just the back four.

"He's a good type and when you are up against it you need good types."

Jay Rodriguez scored twice - and also missed a second half penalty - as Burnley heaped more misery on Forest.

He headed the visitors in front after just two minutes and doubled their lead midway through the second half with another headed goal.

Forest gave debuts to teenage central defender Jamaal Lascelles and on-loan midfielder Adlene Guedioura.

Cotterill added: "We went in with a young man in Jamaal Lascelles who I thought did very well.

"He played against a very good young striker in Jay Rodriguez, who I signed a few years ago, and I thought he was excellent. His movement for both goals was very good.

"But had he been against an experienced campaigner in someone like Wes Morgan maybe those opportunities might not have come.
"It was a good learning curve for Jamaal tonight but I think he can be proud of his performance.

"Adlene was very energetic and I thought he did some very good things."
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