Nottingham Forest striker Sam Surridge has explained what made Steve Cooper go mad during Monday’s win over Huddersfield.
The 23-year-old opened his Reds account against the Terriers as Forest upset the form book to reach the quarter-final of the FA Cup.
Surridge should have scored his first Forest goal in the eleventh minute. He met Brennan Johnson’s inviting shot to fire under Jamal Blackman.
His celebrations were short-lived, however, with the assistant referee raising his flag. Replays showed the decision to be incorrect.
Surridge claimed he knew the call was wrong as soon as he looked over at Cooper.
He told The Athletic: “I was robbed. I looked over to the bench and saw the gaffer going made at the fourth official, so I knew it was onside.”
Forest fell behind through a Tom Lees header just moments after seeing the goal wrongly disallowed.
At that point, supporters might have been forgiven for fearing the worst given that Huddersfield had been unbeaten since November.
Forest soon roared back though with Surridge getting deservedly on the score-sheet and Ryan Yates heading him from a James Garner free-kick.
Surridge will be buzzing to get off the mark. He must have been thinking it wasn’t going to be his day again following his disallowed strike but he stuck to his guns.
Cooper stock rises and Forest star Surridge shines
The Forest boss has a clear passion for the football club and clearly, he was disgruntled with the assistant referee on Monday night.
It’s not really in Cooper’s make-up to go jumping up and down at a match official but he was frustrated on Monday.
As for Surridge, he’d have been delighted to see Naby Sarr’s tackle on Yates fall straight into his path to fire home.
The game was his first start for the Reds and he showed some real promise throughout his 67 minutes on the pitch.
He will now hope for more opportunities and further chances to repay the faith shown by Cooper.