Stand-in skipper Michael Mancienne believes last night’s Capital One Cup victory over Huddersfield was vital in sustaining Nottingham Forest’s momentum.The central defender captained the side in the absence of Chris Cohen and stressed the importance of the 2-0 victory which maintains The Reds’ unbeaten start to the season and sees them into the third round.
Speaking to Forest Player, he said: “It’s important for the club and the fans to go as far as we can in any cup and the team is picking up momentum.
“There’s a long international break coming up and for us to finish with a win at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday will be a huge positive so we can carry the momentum we’ve built in this first period forward.”
Mancienne was partnered at centre half by the returning Jamaal Lascelles and he enjoyed the 20-year-old’s performance.
“I felt comfortable with him. I knew every time I was going up for the ball he’d cover me and likewise.
“He played really well,” added Mancienne, who also had praise for debutant Robert Tesche.
“To see Tesche make his debut was a big thing. I think he did really well in there and he was neat and tidy on the ball.
“I was quite close with him at Hamburg. He’s a good lad, he’s down to earth and he’ll give everything on the pitch – he’s got an engine, as you could see last night.”