Under 18s coach Jack Lester believes Nottingham Forest’s FA Youth Cup third-round performance against MK Dons has given them a platform to build on in the next round.
West Brom are Forest’s fourth-round opponents at The Hawthorns on Thursday night and, while Lester and the rest of the coaching staff would have preferred a more comfortable victory over the Dons, a game which ended 3-2
after extra time, he says plenty of encouraging signs were on show.
Lester told Forest Player: “If you take the stats from the game, the amount of crosses and entries into their box and the possession we had was phenomenal. It really should have been a comfortable game.
“It was a good performance in terms of energy and desire, and the bit I really liked was that they never gave up. They kept going and that’s why they won.”
But Lester is looking forward to assessing the mental capability of the squad in a cup match against Premier League opposition.
He said: “It’s great for the players because it is a step up – playing in a big stadium. With that comes pressure, and you need to see which players can cope with that.
“You do learn a lot about your players. Who relishes that challenge? That’s one of the big things you take from these experiences.
“As a club we’re very much looking forward to it. It’s a great opportunity for the lads and it will be a tough game against a good team – but it’s one we’re well prepared for.”
Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player.