Nottingham Forest beat Huddersfield Town last night to earn a FA Cup quarter-final against Liverpool at the City Ground.
The Reds were forced to come from behind after Tom Lees opened the scoring in the 13th minute.
Before half-time, Forest were level though. Sam Surridge scored to restore parity, with Ryan Yates effectively notching the winning goal shortly after.
It was a really strong performance by the Reds. They were largely dominant throughout and also saw a perfectly good goal by Surridge scrubbed off for offside.
Following last night’s clash, we looked at Forest’s three best players on the night.
3. Sam Surridge
The former Stoke man has been forced to wait a bit of time to earn a first start in the Garibaldi.
Last night, he was fantastic and played like a striker who has simply had enough of playing second fiddle from the bench.
The 23-year-old didn’t enjoy a particularly impressive spell at Stoke and that left some fans sceptical.
Last night showcased that they needn’t worry as he displayed a quality level of finishing when chances came his way.
There is of course more to come from Surridge but he will have enjoyed this performance.
2. James Garner
The Manchester United owned start was once again massively impressive.
Playing in the middle of the park and then moving into the number 10 role saw him terrorise the Huddersfield team with an array of passing.
What has been arguably most impressive about Garner is how much ground he covers.
He never stops running and is also willing to put his foot in defensively and that appears to be something he’s worked on.
1. Ryan Yates
The academy graduate was unbelievable. In 116 appearances this performance should sit top of the pops it was that good!
Yates was forward-thinking, tackled well and performed the duties of a proper box-to-box midfielder.
The challenge for Yates is to show this level of performance on a consistent basis and right now he looks capable of doing it.
At 24, the youngster has time on his side still and last night he thoroughly deserved his Man of the Match accolade.