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.
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Nevertheless, the Austrian will recognise that he is coming under increasing pressure at Oakwell with Barnsley having not won a game since August 14.
Five draws from nine matches have kept Barnsley outside of the bottom three, but the 1-0 reverse at Blackpool was a blow to their hopes of progressing into the mid-table positions.
The Yorkshire outfit have now scored just one goal in nine halves of football, that solitary strike being required to earn a point at Stoke City earlier this month