Win over Huddersfield takes Nottingham Forest into quarter-final of FA Youth Cup
NOTTINGHAM Forest will face either Tottenham or Bolton in the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup.
The Reds youngsters reached the last-eight for the second season running, after beating Huddersfield 3-2 at the City Ground last night.
Two goals from Derrick Otim and a strike from Morgan Ferrier helped ease Forest through against their Championship rivals.
Forest went a long way towards deciding the tie in the first 45 minutes, with all their goals coming in the first half.
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Paul Holmes ensured a nervous finish when he netted his second of the game for Huddersfield late on, to make it 3-2.
But Forest held on to secure a deserved win.
It took Otim only two minutes to bag his first of the night, as he cut inside from the right flank before flashing a shot beyond keeper Edward Wilczynski from the edge of the box.
And they took greater control of the tie after 16 minutes when Otim got his second, stroking the ball home after keeper Wilczynski could only parry a long-range strike from Ferrier.
Wilfried Gnahore came close to adding a third for the Reds, with a shot that was just off target.
But it was to be Huddersfield who pulled one back, from a corner, as Holmes struck from just outside the penalty area to beat Ross Durrant.
Forest restored their two-goal lead just two minutes later, with Ferrier producing a brave header to convert a cross from the right from the boot of Jack Blake.
Substitute Jake Mulraney went close to putting the game beyond doubt, but he put his shot narrowly wide with 15 minutes left on the clock.
And, instead of a comfortable finish to the match, Forest were left with a slightly nervous one, as Holmes netted his second for Huddersfield to reduce the deficit to a single goal with four minutes left.
Tottenham host Bolton in their fifth round tie at White Hart Lane on February 15.
And the winners will make the trip to the City Ground with a place in the last four at stake.
Forest: Durrant, Hollingsworth, Kamaneno, Blake, Gorman, Fenton, Gnahore, Wallace, Otim, Ferrier, Thomas. Subs: Ackroyd, Myles, Mulraney, Palmer-Samuels, Petravicius.