Burton Albion have continued their historic Carabao Cup run with a stunning 3-2 win over Championship side Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night, much to the joy of manager Nigel Clough.
All five goals were scored in the second half at the Pirelli Stadium as Burton Albion got the better of Aitor Karanka’s men to progress to the Quarter-Finals of the Carabao Cup – the best run in the competition in the club’s history. An own goal from Forest defender Saidy Janko and goals from Scott Fraser and Jake Hesketh was enough to carry The Brewers over the line.
In his post-match interview with the Derbyshire Telergraph, Clough couldn’t hide his joy.
“It was history to get to the last-16, and we’ve gone a step further now to the last eight. We are looking forward to the draw tomorrow night.
“I hope for our supporters it’s at home again. We talk about probably making more money if we get one of the big boys away, depending on who’s left in.
“But it’s just wonderful tonight for everybody to enjoy it, especially when you’ve dropped out of the Championship last season.
“These sorts of games, we were playing every week, so we miss them. So we are trying to make up for it with the cups.”
Clough went on to say that his players were determined not to be left feeling guilty about missing chances in the first half, and righted their wrongs by putting three past Forest ‘keeper Jason Steele in the second half.
“When you come in at half-time and we could be two or three up, comfortably, we just said to the players, ‘don’t regret it, don’t let the second half be a case where we missed our chances in the first half’.
“We didn’t. We went out there, created chances again and played the same way. We played a little bit better at times, as well, because Forest improved. But we got our rewards.
“It’s the first major piece of luck we’ve had, with the deflection. I wish we’d have got one against Peterborough United in the second half, because that’s all that has been missing in some of our League games this season.”