Nottingham Forest kept alive their hopes of FA Youth Cup glory by beating Rochdale – and the big freeze – at The City Ground.Forest:
Forest had to rely on a goal-line clearance by Kieran Fenton in the dying seconds of the game to seal their passage through to the next phase of the competition.
Rochdale set up a grandstand finish when Camps bundled the ball home 12 minutes from time after Smith had made a great save but Forest failed to clear their lines.
Kamaneno was lucky to escape with just a yellow card just before the hour mark after appearing to strike D’Arcy O’Connor on the head in an off-the-ball incident.
Forest No.1 Jordan Smith had to make a smart save on the stroke of half-time after Ackroyd had unwittingly diverted a cross towards his own goal.
Gnahore sent Kamaneno clear with a superb through ball and he coolly fired under Ashley to strengthen The Reds’ grip on the contest.
At the other end Kieran Wallace also went close from distance after cutting in from the left-hand side before Forest doubled their lead 11 minutes before the break.
Whitehall went close to making amends as he went close with a shot from the edge of the area after a mazy run.
Daniel Whitehall squandered a golden opportunity haul Rochdale level as he fired wide of the target after Joel Logan’s initial shot had been blocked by Eurico Sebastiao.
The visitors had more reason to feel aggrieved moments later when Andrew Cannon went down in the penalty area under a challenge from Elliott Ackroyd but Mr Ross waved their penalty appeals.
Rochdale ‘keeper Aaron Ashley was convinced the ball had not crossed the line and led the protests but referee Stephen Ross ignored their appeals.
Forest made a scintillating start and were in front with barely 60 seconds on the clock as Gnahore forced the ball over the line from Derrick Otim’s pull back.
First half goals from Wilfried Gnahore and Aristote Kamaneno floored plucky Rochdale, who hit back with a late consolation from Callum Camps.
The Reds will meet Championship rivals Huddersfield in the fifth round after their 2-1 win over the League Two outfit. Smith, Sebastiao, Fenton, Blake, Gorman, Ackroyd, Hollingsworth, Wallace, Otim, Gnahore, Kamaneno.
Subs: Thomas, Durrant, Mulraney, Ferrier, Palmer-Samuels
Scorers: Gnahore 1', Kamaneno 34'
Booking: Kamaneno 59'
Rochdale: Ashley, Antoine-Clarke, Tanser, Allen, O'Connor, Hill, Camps, Cannon, Whitehall, Logan, Martin.
Subs: Horan, Diba Musaliga, Wilkinson, Masirika, Bell.
Scorer: Camps 78'