Nottingham Forest fans were straight onto the City Ground turf after Brice Samba saved Morgan Gibbs-White’s penalty and Jack Lester did something afterwards that fans will love.
The former striker is now the first-team coach at Bramall Lane. He works under Paul Heckingbottom and alongside assistant manager Stuart McCall.
Lester moved to the United academy after being sacked by Chesterfield following their relegation to the National League in 2018.
The 46-year-old has two spells with Forest as a player, either side of a season playing for Sheffield United.
Lester was a striker and made 99 appearances for the Reds during his first spell, scoring 21 goals. The second time around he made 76 appearances, bagging 12 goals.
Following last night’s game, he showed a touch of class towards Steve Cooper.
After Gibbs-White had seen his penalty saved, pandemonium ensued. Lester, however, made sure he got himself through the fans waiting to mob Cooper and shake his hand.
He enjoyed a couple of seconds of embrace with the Reds head coach and was seen to be congratulating Cooper on his team’s victory.
In the heat of the moment that wouldn’t have been an easy thing to do. Lester would have liked nothing more than to get down the tunnel as quickly as possible.
Lester shows class with Cooper moment after Forest claim Wembley spot
As Forest fans, we know that Cooper is a humble man and one who wins and loses with equal grace.
Some Sheffield United staff and players didn’t cover themselves in the same glory; with Heckingbottom, in particular, having plenty to say.
Lester is a man who clearly understands the Forest ethos and it was a true mark of the man that he went out of his way to embrace Cooper last night.
The coach worked at Forest with the under-23s before taking up a position with United.
He was part of the great work being done by Gary Brazil and the Sheffield-born ex-striker looks set for a bright future in coaching.
Lester’s classy moment won’t be lost on the Forest faithful last night and he will always be welcome back on Trentside.