As if losing and being outplayed by League One Burton Albion was not bad enough, the presence of Dimitar Evtimov between the sticks for the victorious Brewers made Nottingham Forest’s EFL Cup defeat at the Pirelli Stadium even harder to take.
An own goal from Saidy Janko, plus strikes from Scott Fraser and Jake Hesketh, consigned Forest to a 3-2 fourth round exit away at their third tier opponents.
Evtimov played a major role in the shock win – against his parent club. The Bulgarian has spent six years at Forest and is currently on a two-month loan at Burton.
And the seldom-seen goalkeeper certainly made a point against the club that pays his wages, making a number of impressive stops and providing the platform for a famous Burton victory.
The 25-year-old might have made just two league appearances in Forest colours, but that does not mean he is relishing in his parent club’s demise. Evtimov took to Twitter after the game to post a message which has only boosted his standing in the eyes of Forest supporters.
It remains to be seen whether Evtimov has any sort of a future at the City Ground, with Costel Pantilimon and Luke Steele already available to Aitor Karanka.
Well... what a night, especially for me.— Dimitar Evtimov (@DimiEvtimov) October 30, 2018
Extremely happy with the win, because we deserved it and we proved all the doubters wrong!
I will always respect Forest and the fans behind this huge club! Wish them a promotion back to the Premier League!@burtonalbionfc
Well played Dimi. Best of luck in the next round. Deserved ⚪️ #nffc— Dave Ball (@d_p_ball) October 30, 2018
A lot of respect for you Dimi, a class act at the end of the match.— John Haslam (@JohnKHaslam) October 30, 2018
Hope you go far in the competition.
Nice one mate. Miss you at forest bud.good luck in the quarters kid— Mark Forman (@FormanMf) October 31, 2018
All the best Dimi,played well,proper respect— Wayne Cooper (@waynecoops1981) October 30, 2018
Good luck Dimi. Nice touch at the end in your respect to the fans. All the best in your future— Wayne Colegate (@WayneColegate) October 30, 2018
Dimi as you could see last night us forest fans hold you in high respect and you respected us the same ,all the best at #burton and in the cup— Juebb (@juliebuxtonberr) October 31, 2018
Well done Dimi from a Forest fan! You’re at a better place with a much better manager @Karanka is an absolute joke! Good luck in the future— Paddy Foxboro (@MrShitGoose) October 31, 2018
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