James Garner hailed after helping Nottingham Forest win promotion

James Garner made the difference to help Nottingham Forest win promotion back to the Premier League.

The midfielder delivered the cross which was turned in for an own goal as Forest won 1-0 at Wembley against Huddersfield.

He shared a picture on the way back to Nottingham, posing with a winner’s medal and the play-off trophy.

Nottingham Forest win promotion

The Nottingham Post gave Garner a 9/10 player rating, the highest of any player. The paper wrote: “Class. Showed his quality on the biggest of stages.

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“Delivery was excellent, and made the difference. Put in a brilliant recovery tackle at the other end, too.”

Garner touched the ball 64 times, winning three tackles, and five ground duels, making one clearance and one interception. He completed 88 per cent of his passes.

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This is the first time Forest are back in the top flight since 1999, and came after a disastrous start to the season in which Chris Hughton was fired.

Replacement Steve Cooper took a liking to Garner too, and he has continued to play a key role and win acclaim for his contribution.

In one recent win over Swansea, Garner created eight chances and provided two assists.

The Manchester United youngster has done himself proud over the past year, and promotion to the top flight gives the Red Devils a decision to make.

New manager Erik ten Hag will have to decide whether to add him into United’s lightweight midfield, or send him out on loan to Forest again, where he will have a new challenge.

First Garner will link back up with England’s under-21 side, which could mean he misses the first week on training under Ten Hag on June 27, returning with the rest of the internationals.

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