Sam Surridge shushed the Huddersfield fans after scoring on his first start for Nottingham Forest and afterwards, Steve Cooper praised him.

The striker fired an unstoppable effort beyond Jamal Blackman to open his Reds account and restore parity against the Terriers.

Forest took the lead through Ryan Yates and the academy man’s goal proved to be the winner that sets up a clash with Liverpool.

Surridge has been forced to wait patiently for a chance. Prior to last night, he’d make six outings for Forest but all of them had been from the bench.

Nottingham Forest v Huddersfield Town: The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round
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His first start saw him work tirelessly throughout and an incorrect call from the assistant referee robbed him of a brace.

Cooper knows Surridge from his time at Swansea. He took him on loan during 2019/20 and he scored seven goals in 23 appearances for the club.

He was delighted with the striker last night and after the game, he heaped praise on the youngster.

Cooper told Nottinghamshire Live: “He played well. He’s a good player.

“I’m pleased for Sam. I know him personally from my time at Swansea. I know how hard he works; he’s really settled in with the lads.

“He’s a good finisher, so I’m pleased the supporters saw a good version of him on Monday night.”

Could Surridge be the heir to Lewis Grabban’s throne at Forest?

The jury will perhaps remain out for now in that sense but last night there were glimpses of what he can bring to the table.

His tireless work ethic didn’t go unnoticed and both of his finishes; albeit one disallowed, were absolutely brilliant.

Nottingham Forest v Huddersfield Town: The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round
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Surridge got into some nice areas and also pressed the Huddersfield defenders really well throughout his 67 minutes on the pitch.

Grabban could depart when his contract ends in the summer.

With that in mind, Forest will look for someone else to step up and last night Surridge offered some flashes that he’s a contender for that mantle.

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