Coach Pat Holland feels his team deserved their passage to the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup following an enterprising 2-1 win over Everton at the Lane on Tuesday evening.
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The reward for our under-18 Academy side is a date with Watford away, the Vicarage Road outfit overcame Middlesbrough on penalties after a goalless encounter.
First half goals from Leigh Mills and Jamie O'Hara gave the team a strong advantage at a chilly Lane. Everton pulled one back before the break but the boys stood firm in the face of some late pressure to secure the win.
"It's great, I think we deserved it over the 90 minutes, although Everton had a good chance in the last five and that would have been a bit cruel," reflected a happy Pat Holland afterwards, who went on to point out that Mills, Andy Barcham and Jacques Maghoma have been struggling with injury since the 4th round tie with Liverpool.
"We had our chances, the boys gave 100 per cent and you have to take into consideration that three of them hadn't played since the Liverpool game. To be able to come out and do that is fantastic.
"Everton were short of one or two players in fairness to them, but they were very workmanlike and well drilled. I knew the two boys up front would be a threat and full credit to Millsy and Charlie Lee - they were terrific on the night."
Our goals arrived after seven and 30 minutes, the first a flicked header from Mills off a whipped in corner taken by O'Hara. The second was scored by O'Hara himself after Stuart Lewis was felled on the edge of the area. He did not follow Pat's instructions and stuck away a spectacular effort into the top right hand corner.
"I'll take some credit for the first one, but the second one I wanted him to roll it to Phil Ifil," laughed Pat. "He just did his own thing and scored - so I forgive him! It is great for a kid to show a bit of character and I thought he was outstanding in the game.
"When you are on a run like this in the cup it is lovely for the kids and the whole club. The first team have got Forest on Sunday, we're still in it and hopefully they will be after Sunday. It is great for the club and gives the place a buzz."