Nottingham Forest academy coach Jack Lester was delighted to see The Reds' hard work rewarded in last night's 3-0 FA Youth Cup win at West Bromwich Albion.
Tyler Walker's second-half hat-trick
was the difference between the two sides at The Hawthorns and Lester said the coaching staff were impressed by the way in which Forest imposed themselves on their higher-ranked opponents.
Speaking after the game, Lester said: "I thought in the first half we played ourselves into the contest and as the game went on we grew into it. We ended up putting in an excellent second-half performance.
"We played some excellent football, we looked bright and dangerous and we scored three good goals. West Brom were favourites for the tie but the lads always had the belief that their qualities would shine through in the end.
"It's been a lovely night for Tyler. We hoped we come here and have a few lads shine and they did that. We've come to a fantastic club with a reputable academy and we've got a result which is really pleasing."
Forest now face a fifth-round tie against Burnley or Cardiff City at The City Ground and Lester says he hopes last night's result can be a catalyst for more positivity around the football club.
He said: "There's a massive game for the first team on Saturday and we're all in this together. We're a tight unit as a football club and we back each other. We're really proud of what we've done here and we move on in good spirits.
"We're a good side but we wouldn't say we're favourites for any game we play. We'll keep working hard at what we're doing and hopefully the lads will continue to get the results they deserve."