Nottingham Forest Under 18s coach Jack Lester described last night’s FA Youth Cup win over Brighton as a ‘big scalp’.Lester led his side into the fourth round after the young Reds won on penalties at The City Ground.
And, although he admitted his team didn’t play to their usual standards, the coach was delighted to beat a side of Brighton’s calibre.
Speaking to Forest Player HD after the match, Lester said: “I think we’ve played better, but we were against a category one side – a league above in terms of facilities, etc. I think that’s a big scalp for us. They came here as favourites and we beat them without playing near our best.
“Some of the football we’ve been playing this year has been outstanding and it wasn’t tonight, but the players have shown some great qualities – desire and resilience – to keep going and we’ve managed to get through. There’s a lot to be positive about.”
Tom Gamblen’s winning penalty sparked scenes of jubilation for Forest and desolation for Brighton.
And while Lester was thrilled for his own players, he spared a thought for the Brighton youngsters – one of whom lost his footing on his run up.
Lester said: “These are really big nights for the players. The lads are elated – you can see the emotion pouring out of them.
“It’s really nice to see them getting that emotional about winning, but you’ve got to feel for the lad who slipped for them.”
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