Nottingham Forest reached the final of the FA Youth Cup and Steve Cooper couldn’t hide his delight in the City Ground stands as the young guns defied the odds.
A brace from Detlef Esapa Osong and a goal from Dale Taylor saw the Reds overturn a 1-0 deficit in the final five minutes against a quality Chelsea outfit.
It’s been quite the year for the Forest under-18s. Although their league form has been hit and miss, Warren Joyce has really got a tune out of the team in the cup.
Forest defeated Bristol City, Peterborough, Cambridge and Blackburn to reach the semi-final stage but Chelsea are a formidable force in this age group.
Ed Brand’s team came to the City Ground looking to reach another final and after Charlie Webster’s opening goal they looked on their way.
Forest were resurgent though and they never abandoned their game plan throughout the contest, running out 3-1 winners
The only dampener on the night was an injury picked up by Jack Nadin. Forest’s flamboyant attacker was stretchered off just prior to the half-time break in a blow for the Reds.
Forest will now face Manchester United in the final. The 10-time winners will take on Joyce’s time at Old Trafford on a date yet to be confirmed.
What did Cooper do that will delight Forest supporters?
BBC Radio Nottingham provided live coverage of the game last night and their eagle-eyed reporters spotted Cooper getting excited during the game.
They’ve claimed that the Forest head coach was leaping out of his seat during the closing stages as the Reds scored the goals to see them reach the final.
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Cooper has instilled a positive mentality across the whole club. The never say die attitude has seen Forest claim plenty of points late in games this season.
It would appear as though such a mentality is evident across the club and right now Forest is a remarkable club to be at for all involved.
With confidence seeping out of every pore of the club, few would bet against Forest upsetting United when the two teams meet in a few weeks.