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Joy on the Tyne

23 August 2017

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Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton says his players earned a thoroughly-deserved victory as they knocked Premier League side Newcastle United out of the Carabao Cup this evening.

A brace from Jason Cummings and a goal in extra-time from Tyler Walker gave Forest a 3-2 win at St James' Park as they secured a spot in the third round and The Reds' boss was thrilled with the way his side performed on such a big occasion.

Speaking after the game he said: "It was an outstanding performance by the players. I thought first half we were way ahead of Newcastle because we were 2-1 up but it could have been 4-1 at least. It was a terrific strike for their second goal but I'm sure they'll agree we were dominant in the first half.

"We lost our midfield because we've had to ask a boy (Ben Osborn) who played wide-left at the weekend to come and play defensive midfield for us but he did it. This is an iconic stadium with a world-class manager and players so we knew it would be tough but it's a great night's work for us."

Warburton was without the services of Chris Cohen and David Vaughan for the trip to the North East and despite an injury to Andreas Bouchalakis in the first half, the manager was delighted to see a number of players step up to the plate to fill the void.

He said: "We had a couple of injuries with Cohen and Vaughan missing and Andreas Bouchalakis having to come off with a little niggle so we didn't really have a midfield. But a mention to Ben Osborn who was outstanding and covered so many metres of the pitch it was unbelievable.

"It was a superb effort all over the pitch from so many players. It is about the squad and I'm so delighted with the effort they put in this evening. For example, Joe Worrall made a mistake early on but he picked his head up, wanted the ball and responded wonderfully.

"We've had a host of clubs queuing up for Tyler Walker's services but he'll stay with us because of the reasons you've seen tonight. He's worked tirelessly to recover from injury, had a brilliant pre-season and that resulted in the quality of performance you've seen this evening."

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