Nottingham Forest's start to the season has been outstanding, with new manager Stuart Pearce guiding his former side to five wins and three draws as they top the Championship table. Saturday's 0-0 draw with Millwall was a stern test, but their biggest challenge of the season came tonight.
Having beaten Tranmere and Huddersfield on the road 1-0 and 2-0 respectively, Forest were handed yet another away tie in the Capital One Cup - but this one was far more illustrious. Tottenham Hotspur were drawn to host Pearce's men at White Hart Lane in the third round of the competition, giving Forest a great chance to test themselves against top flight opposition.
Despite the big clash, Pearce decided to rest a number of players. Dorus de Vries, Jamaal Lascelles, Dan Harding, Stephen McLaughlin, Ben Osborn and Lars Veldwijk have all been bit-part figures for Pearce so far this season, but were handed starts at White Hart Lane.
Another player handed a start was Jorge Grant. The midfielder, 19, came through the Nike Academy before joining Forest in 2013, and whilst he's featured as a substitute, tonight was his first start for the club - and it couldn't have gone much better for him, on a personal level at least.
With Veldwijk away down the left hand side, the Dutchman played the ball across the area, and Grant timed his run into the box to perfection to sweep the ball home from close range to hand Forest a shock lead. Overcome with joy at scoring his first goal for the club - on his debut no less - Grant celebrated with his team mates in front of the travelling Forest fans.
However, Spurs' class told in the end as goals from Ryan Mason, Roberto Soldado and Harry Kane handed them the win, and whilst that's disappointing for Forest, Grant will have enjoyed a dream debut.