Steve Cooper, the manager of Nottingham Forest, acknowledges that his team was not at their best in the 1-0 victory over Leeds United, and he credits Keylor Navas with helping his team cling on to the victory.
At the City Ground, Leeds, who had the better of the game in the first half but wasted numerous opportunities, were defeated by a goal from Brennan Johnson that enabled Forest move six points clear of the relegation zone.
After joining on loan from Paris St. Germain on the final day of the transfer window, the three-time Champions League champion former Real Madrid goalkeeper made his debut and made a number of excellent saves.
Cooper said: “You don’t need me to tell you about his experience and about the success he has had in his career.
“He would still have wanted to do well for his new club in his first game for sure and he did.
“Brilliant in the first half, outstanding and composed. The obvious talking points are the saves, and rightly so, he deserves all the credit for that, but I loved his composure and game management and decision making, I really enjoyed that part of his performance.”