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Hat-trick hero hails Hawthorns heroics

16 January 2015

Nottingham Forest striker Tyler Walker says last night's 3-0 FA Youth Cup win over West Bromwich Albion was 'the biggest game' of his life.

The youngster struck an impressive second-half hat-trick at The Hawthorns as Forest upset their opponents to reach the last 16 of the competition and Walker was understandably thrilled with both his and the team's display.

Speaking after the game he said: "It was a great night and a fantastic occasion. To be playing at a stadium like The Hawthorns is unbelievable for any youth-team player. It was the biggest game of my life so far.

"To get a hat-trick is obviously a very special moment for me. We knew before the game that we had to keep it tight, give ourselves a chance as the match went on and take our opportunities when they came."

Forest turned in a superb defensive performance in the first 45 minutes to keep the Baggies at bay before Walker's stunning treble secured a fifth-round tie at home to the winners of Burnley and Cardiff City.

He said: "We stuck to the plan in the first half which was to stay tight at the back. We came out in the second half raring to go and I thought our performance was really good after half-time and we deserved to win the game.

"With the group of players we've got, we back ourselves against anyone. There's some really talented lads in that dressing room so we're confident of going on a good cup run and getting through the next round."

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