‘Sublime’: James Garner has Forest fans gushing after goal against Derby

Manchester United loanee James Garner continues to impress Nottingham Forest fans – & scoring against eternal rivals Derby County is certainly one way to endear yourself. 

The 19-year-old midfielder has scored in the youth set-up for his parent club, and England’s Under-21s, but his opener in the East Midlands derby was the first senior goal of his career.

Garner showed some bright moments across 20 appearances for promotion-chasers Watford in the first half of the season, but his loan was terminated in January after he’d fallen out of favour following a change in the Hornets dugout.

That gave him an opportunity to sign on loan for Nottingham Forest, and he’s already got fans demanding his signature in the summer.

“I’m really pleased for James Garner because his performance got better as the game went on,” the ever-considered Forest boss Chris Hughton told reporters after the match.

“I thought he could have done better in the first half despite the goal but he certainly got stronger as the game wore on.”

His goal, a well-struck first-time effort into the bottom corner, wasn’t enough for his side to take all three points on the night, with Colin Kazim-Richards equalising late on for Wayne Rooney’s Rams to make it 1-1 on the night.

The Times’ Chief Sport Writer was present at the stadium and was one of many impressed by the youngster’s performance:

Here’s a selection of comments from Forest fans:

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