Jermaine Jenas raved about Nottingham Forest star Brice Samba after his penalty shootout heroics sent the Reds to Wembley last night.
The 28-year-old saved kicks from Oliver Norwood, Conor Hourihane and Morgan Gibbs-White as Forest won 3-2 on penalties.
Samba also made two brilliant saves; one early in the tie and again in extra time to help Forest reach the Wembley final.
It will be the first time that Forest have contested a play-off final and it promises to be a remarkable occasion when the Reds face Huddersfield.
In truth, the Reds were pretty poor last night. Sheffield United did what they couldn’t at the weekend and stifled Forest’s attacking threats.
Thanks to Samba the team earned a crack at winning on penalties and thankfully they prevailed to make a welcome return to a Wembley final.
For fans of a certain age, it will be the first walk along Wembley Way and the first time they’ve seen the famous new stadium in the capital.
That is largely down to Samba and his heroics made for a famous night at the City Ground with supporters flooding the pitch afterwards.
Samba was powerless to prevent goals from Gibbs-White and John Fleck in normal time but he did stand firm during the shootout.
Jenas lauds Samba following penalty heroics
Jenas is Nottingham born and bred having started his career playing for the Reds under David Platt. He made just 29 appearances for the club before being snapped up by Newcastle for a fee in the region of £5 million.
The midfielder did have a second spell at Forest when Sean O’Driscoll was in charge. Then, he made six appearances and scored during a game against Barnsley.
As a Clifton-born man, he still cares deeply about Forest. With that in mind, he’d surely love to see the Reds back in the big time mixing it with the Premier League big boys.
Jenas took to Twitter after last night’s emotional tie. He lauded Brice Samba for his big penalty saves and now the Reds will hope to finish the job against Huddersfield.