Nottingham Forest interim Head of Academy Gary Brazil was left to rue a disappointing second half performance as his side crashed out of the FA Youth Cup last night.Despite taking a 2-1 lead against Charlton Athletic through goals from Derrick Otim and Jake Mulraney, The Reds were unable to hold onto their lead and Brazil says there is much to learn from both the performance and the result.
He told Forest Player: “In the first half I thought we showed glimpses of what we’re capable of. We scored two decent goals and at 2-1 ahead just before half-time we were in a really good position.
“We conceded a very sloppy goal before the break which was disappointing. And then in the second half I don’t think their goalkeeper had a save to make and we didn’t concentrate at the back for their winning goal.
“I’ve said to the lads, there are ways to lose football matches. We had some very good individual performances tonight but we didn’t have the unity in the squad to keep the lead intact.”
Chairman and owner Fawaz Al Hasawi was amongst an attendance of 527 at The City Ground on Friday night and Brazil says that his players must take the lessons that the defeat will provide them with.
He said: “Despite the result, it was excellent to see a good crowd in tonight. The crowd came in hoping for a repeat of last year’s run and that is the expectation that the boys will have to learn to cope with if they want to play for Nottingham Forest.”
The full interview and highlights are available to watch on Forest Player.