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27 January 2015

Nottingham Forest’s Under 18s coach Jack Lester says the players would ‘love’ a big crowd at The City Ground for tonight’s FA Youth Cup match against Burnley.

Season ticket holders can watch the match (kick-off 7pm) for free as Forest’s youngsters look to set up a home tie with either Manchester United or Tottenham Hotspur in the sixth round.

And Lester hopes plenty of fans will take the opportunity to lend their support to the youngsters.

He told Forest Player: “It would be fantastic – the players would get a real buzz off that.

“They’re very excited. With these kind of games it’s a case of reining them in a little bit, but the more fans they play in front of the better. They’d love that.

“These games are treated like first-team games. Because they’re in a stadium it always feels a little bit different. It’s a chance to show how good they are and how far they’ve come.”

The Reds reached this stage in stunning style – Tyler Walker scoring a hat-trick in a 3-0 away win over West Bromwich Albion earlier this month.

But Burnley will provide their own test, and Lester says Forest are paying attention to their strengths.

He said: “The programme that Kevin leads here is about developing professional footballers for this club. That’s our main aim.

“But tomorrow is an exciting game for us. It’s nice sometimes to treat it like you would in the first team - looking a bit more tactically at what the opposition are about, whereas the rest of the week is about giving information to the players to make them better individually.”

Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player.

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