Jorge Grant: Nottingham Forest were 'unlucky' against Spurs

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The debutant goalscorer was happy with his goal, although he would have preferred if Forest had beaten Tottenham Hotspur.

19-year-old midfielder Grant made his full debut for the Reds on Wednesday, and the youngster had a night to remember when he netted the opening goal at White Hart Lane.

For a long time, it appeared as if his goal might have seen Forest through to the last-16 of the tournament, but a 72nd minute equaliser from fellow youngster Ryan Mason tied the game, before Roberto Soldado and Harry Kane killed the Championship sides chances of continuing their unbeaten run at the start of this season.

Speaking to the official Forest website after the match, Grant revealed his delight at starting his first game for the Reds - topping it off with a goal.

He said: “I’ll remember that forever. It was my first start and to get a goal was great but we wanted to win the game really and it’s unlucky that we haven’t.”

Grant was one of a number of second string players on show for Stuart Pearce’s men on Wednesday evening, with the manger making nine changes from the side that drew with Millwall on Saturday. Despite the inexperience on show, the youngster was impressed with how their gameplan was fulfilled, and felt as if the game was a evenly matched contest.

He added: “We had a plan going into the game to sit back and wait for them to come on, then we would press. I thought we held our own against a good Premier League side.

“We got the goal and thought they were on the ropes but they had a long shot and that changed the game.”

Having impressed against the Premier League side, Forest will have a renewed sense of confidence for the upcoming season, with the club currently sitting atop the Championship table. Remaining unbeaten in the league campaign, the loss to Spurs was their first of the season, and Pearce will be able to recall a number of first-team stars on Saturday, as Forest host struggling Brighton at the City Ground.

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