Stuart Pearce: Nottingham Forest youngsters did "outstandingly well"

Stuart Pearce speaks to members of the media during a press conference after being unveiled as the new Nottingham Forest Manager at the City Ground on April 03, 2014
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Stuart Pearce admits that he is "proud" of his Nottingham Forest side, having seen them fall narrowly short of beating Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup last night.

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce has praised his players for their 'outstanding' effort against Tottenham Hotspur in last night's League Cup defeat.

The Championship leaders took a second-half lead at White Hart Lane through Jorge Grant, before goals from Ryan Mason, Roberto Soldado and Harry Kane in the final 20 minutes turned the game on its head.

"There was a lot of young players on the pitch for us tonight and I thought they did outstandingly well, as well as the senior ones that hadn't played a lot of football," Pearce is quoted as saying by ESPN.

"We put a team out that we felt was going to win the game and I think Tottenham will be more than pleased that they managed to get through in this competition and not get beaten at home again. They had a big scare.

"From my point of view, I am very proud of them. I am very disappointed we lost the game against a very good side that cost multi-millions to assemble. A few of our players have given our players a big lift. The fans echoed that tonight, the Forest fans, that made an atmosphere in this game."

Spurs will now host Brighton & Hove Albion in the fourth round of the competition.

Paulinho of Tottenham Hotspur moves away from Jorge Grant of Nottingham Forest during the Capital One Cup third round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Nottingham Forest at White Hart Lane on September 24, 2014
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