Academy goalkeeping coach Steve Sutton says Nottingham Forest’s 3-2 FA Youth Cup win over MK Dons was a deserved reward for their determined performance.The Reds had trailed by two goals to one at half-time but after Kasheme Walton’s effort had taken the contest to another 30 minutes, Tyler Walker struck a stunning effort to set up a fourth-round tie at West Bromwich Albion.
And Sutton says the youngsters’ display at The City Ground was one full of character and conviction as they responded from a disappointing first-half showing to defeat an impressive Dons outfit.
Speaking to Forest Player, he said: “I thought the win was hard-fought for. We were poor in the first half and fell behind which wasn’t good but the lads showed great character to come back in the second half and create numerous chances and eventually get the win we deserved.
“We said to the boys at half-time that we needed to be more competitive at the back and deal with their striker who was causing us problems. We also knew that we had to be much more positive going forward, get our wide players into the game and put them on the back foot.”
Walker’s 111th-minute strike finally saw off a resolute MK Dons side and despite lauding the 18-year-old’s winning effort, Sutton admitted that Forest could and should have won by a bigger margin.
“He’d had a couple of half-chances and we wanted him to be a little more alert in and around their penalty area. But those are the sort of goals he enjoys scoring and they are the goals he does score. It was a great strike and it was a good way to cap an outstanding team performance in extra-time.
“Their goalkeeper has been their man of the match. He’s made five or six excellent saves and we could have won by more but we’re happy with the win and pleased to be through to the fourth round.”
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