Nottingham Forest Under 21s head coach Charlie McParland was left to rue a ‘cruel’ ending as his side were beaten 2-1 in the Premier League Cup by West Bromwich Albion last night.The Reds had looked set to progress thanks to Josh Rees’ first-half strike but Albion levelled the scores in stoppage time before going on to win in extra time.
And although McParland admitted he was disappointed his team had not progressed to the last 16, he took encouragement from a first half which saw The Reds dominate their higher-ranked opponents.
He said: “Football is cruel sometimes and we certainly didn’t deserve that. In the first half we were fantastic and West Brom couldn’t get near us. We moved the ball superbly, created some great chances and we could have been three or four up.
“They put us under pressure after the break but I never felt that they were causing us too many problems. But we missed a tackle in the defensive third and that allowed them to equalise in stoppage time.
“Our boys showed a lot of courage tonight and, even when we went 2-1 down in extra time, we kept fighting and battling. The lads are still learning the game and this will only help them improve.”
Click here to watch the full interview and highlights of the game on Forest Player.