Interim head of Academy Gary Brazil declared himself proud of his Nottingham Forest youngsters after watching them knock Bolton out of the FA Youth Cup at The City Ground last night.The Reds emerged as 3-2 winners after extra-time at the end of a scintillating tie in which they had twice gone behind.
But after Derrick Otim had struck in the first half, Jordan Palmer-Samuels stepped off the bench to score twice and send Forest into the final four.
And their boss was understandably ecstatic with the outcome.
Brazil said: “I thought it was a fantastic game to be a part of.
“It was a really good spectacle and I’m proud of the players. I’m also pleased for the staff because we had the whole club here supporting us tonight - the first team manager, his staff and players.
“We started really slowly which is unlike us and I have to give credit to Bolton - they started on the front foot, pressed us really hard and scored a fantastic goal early on. I think it rocked us and we weren’t sure exactly what to do.
“But credit to the players, they worked the game out, they got a foot hold back in the game and they started to hurt Bolton by playing a little quicker.
“That was the first time we’ve been behind in a Youth Cup game and the reaction and qualities the players showed to come back twice before deservedly going on to win were very pleasing.
“I’m chuffed that we’re in the semi-final.”
The semi-finals will be played over two legs and Brazil’s men will face either Norwich or Everton.
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