🎥 EFL Performance: Forest rise again for Easter & history is made

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Alex Mott

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It was a bumper round of Football League action over Easter with two rounds on Good Friday and Easter Monday.

And the big winners in the Championship were Nottingham Forest, who won back-to-back games for only the third time since Chris Hughton’s appointment last October.

The term ‘sleeping giant’ is used regularly in football but it perhaps applies best to Forest, who have gone from European Cup winners to Championship mid-table dwellers in the space of 40 years.

Still, Forest consistently attract some of the biggest crowds in the UK and have all the infrastructure in place to be a Premier League side.

If this Easter weekend is anything to go by, that could well be a possibility soon (ish).

It started on Friday with a resilient 1-0 away win at Cardiff and ended with a resounding 3-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers.

Four great goals against some high-class opponents, it’s been a while since Forest fans could genuinely look forward to one of their fixtures but things are looking up at the County Ground under Hughton’s guidance.

Honourable mentions

There was some Football League history on Monday as Rebecca Welch became the first female to take charge of a professional game in the UK.

Aside from the fact that it’s ridiculous it has taken this amount of time, a first step is a first step and the 37-year-old was exceptional as Port Vale beat Harrogate 2-0.

“I think she was very good indeed,” said Harrogate boss Simon Weaver.

“Important calls were made throughout and they were the right calls.

“Hopefully it’s just par for the course that we see female referees and officials in the EFL. It’s about time.”