With a win to their name and a new manager in the dugout, it is all change at Nottingham Forest as they bid to move out of the relegation zone.
Having been prepared to pay compensation in order to secure the services of Cooper, the club’s hierarchy will feel that they are showing the necessary ambition to eventually challenge for the playoffs in the future.
However, despite the mood improving at the City Ground on the back of the triumph at Huddersfield Town, no-one can afford to get ahead of themselves during a crucial period under Cooper.
Then-caretaker boss Steven Reid switched to a back three at the John Smith’s Stadium, likely on the understanding that Cooper would be using his tried-and-trusted system upon his arrival.
Lewis Grabban netted his second goal in three matches, potentially a sign that the 32-year-old is ready to kick-start his campaign under the guidance of a different boss.
Millwall are already at a stage where they require a catalyst of their own after posting three successive draws in the second tier.
The Lions have now shared the spoils in five of their eight league encounters, a solitary win over Blackpool keeping Gary Rowett’s team above the drop zone.
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While Rowett will argue that avoiding defeat on a regular basis will keep Millwall out of trouble, supporters will counter that by stating with justification that little has changed from last season.
On a positive note, two of their recent stalemates have come against West Bromwich Albion and Coventry City, teams currently occupying a place in the top four.
A much-changed side bowed out of the EFL Cup on Wednesday as Leicester City prevailed 2-0 at The Den.