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On the back of Forest’s 2-0 victory over Huddersfield Town, Cooper would have had high hopes ahead of his opening game in charge of the East Midlands outfit.
Despite only claiming a 1-1 draw against Millwall, the newly-appointed manager will take the positives from his side fighting back to claim a share of the spoils.
The result keeps Forest in the relegation zone, still two points adrift of safety, but a fresh approach under Cooper has every chance of paying off in the long term.
However, with a tough run of fixtures scheduled for the end of October, there is pressure to take full advantage of a triple-header against Barnsley, Birmingham City and Blackpool.
Forest’s issues have not necessarily come away from the City Ground, with four points having been collected from their last two fixtures on the road.
Barnsley are still going through a transitional period under Markus Schopp, lowering expectations of a second successive appearance in the playoffs.
Nevertheless, the Austrian will recognise that he is coming under increasing pressure at Oakwell with Barnsley having not won a game since August 14.
If Scott Malone recovers after going off with a quad problem against Bristol City on Wednesday then Rowett could have arguably his first-choice side available against the Tykes.
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That’s if you consider Sheyi Ojo above the injured Mason Bennett in the pecking order, and with Bennett having missed most of this season it is probably fair to say the on-loan Liverpool man would get the nod if both were fit.
Rowett surprised some people last Saturday when he left Jake Cooper out of the team against Nottingham Forest. It was the first time Rowett had not picked Cooper for a league game when the centre-back has been fit.