Nottingham Forest rose to fifth place in the Championship table on Saturday after a superb 2-0 victory over high-flying Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.
It was a success that naturally delighted those of a Forest persuasion especially after the disappointment in midweek when they allowed Millwall a share of the spoils, despite being two goals to the good with just 20 minutes left to play.
Having been extremely pro-active in the transfer market during the summer it has taken Forest a little while to settle down as a new squad but Saturday’s win has gone a long way towards suggesting that things are starting to click into gear for boss Aitor Karanka.
One man who has been in stunning form for the Reds since the start of the season is Joe Lolley, with the winger now starting to show exactly what he can bring to the new-look Forest team.
The ex-Huddersfield Town winger signed for Forest back in January for just £600,000 and, based on his performances of late, the fee looks like peanuts given the inflated fees being brandished around in the second tier these days.
The 26-year-old netted a stunning opener at the weekend to become the first visiting player to stick the ball in the Middlesbrough net on home soil this season, before later setting up Lewis Grabban to put the seal on a fine away win.
With lots of players now available for selection by Karanka it is vital that players like Lolley continue to stand up and be counted and, on current form, the former Premier League player is one of the first names on the team sheet.
Having scored three goals in Forest’s last four games he is certainly Forest’s man of the moment and, with pace to burn, skills that mesmerize defenders and a keen eye for goal he is very much a man capable of firing the Reds into the Premier League this season.