Nottingham Forest are heading to Wembley and last night’s penalty shootout win was overseen by England cricket stars Joe Root and Stuart Broad.
The pair were sat in the directors’ box and it was Broad who enjoyed another one over the man who recently dropped him from England’s tour of the West Indies.
England’s series defeat in the Caribbean spelt the end for Root as England captain. Ben Stokes has now taken over and is likely to recall Broad and fellow fast bowler Jimmy Anderson.
Last night the pair got stuck into football. Root wore a Blades scarf, whilst Broad draped his Forest colours over his suit.
Broad will have been desperately impressed. For 120 minutes, the Reds were battered from pillar to post by Sheffield United who won the game 2-1.
Up stepped Brice Samba as the hero of the hour, however. He saved three Blades spot-kicks and sent the City Ground into pandemonium.
Wembley is next up on the horizon for Forest and for Root he will look forward to seeing United spend at least another season playing Championship football.
The night belonged to Broad though. He couldn’t hide his smile at the end and he will now almost certainly be heading to Wembley.
May could be a good month for Broad and for Forest
The England bowler is likely to be recalled when Ben Stokes names his first England squad this summer. That could make it a double whammy for the 35-year-old with Forest now set to head to the new Wembley for the very first time.
Broad is a man who wears his heart on his sleeve. He was spotted taking everything in at the end of the game. Root, by then, had clearly seen enough and wasn’t alongside Broad any longer.
Interestingly the pair were actually sat with Sean Dyche. The recently departed Premier League boss was also in attendance, with the ex-Burnley manager previously playing for Forest.
Samba’s heroics were a joy to behold in the end. He saved spot-kicks from Oliver Norwood, Conor Hourihane and Morgan Gibbs-White with Forest now set to face Huddersfield at Wembley.