Chris Hughton insists he is “incredibly proud” of his Nottingham Forest players despite their 4-0 defeat to Wolves in the Carabao Cup last night.
A youthful-looking Forest side was named to face a strong Wolves side, in what was a testing experience for the young Reds in more ways than one.
Bruno Lage’s side named a starting line-up which cost just shy of £100million to assemble, and after dominating the first half, they finally found a breakthrough in emphatic style.
On the hour mark, a quickfire double put the visitors firmly in control, with Romain Saiss heading into the roof of the net and Daniel Podence firing low and beyond Ethan Horvath soon after.
Trincao slotted home from close-range to make it 3-0 in the dying embers, and Morgan Gibbs-White rubbed salt in the wounds when he found the bottom corner from distance to make it 4-0.
Seven academy players started for Forest on the night, with the back four solely made up of Under-23 players who came up against some extraordinary talent.
For that reason, Hughton insists he was “incredibly proud” of his players despite ending up on the wrong end of a dominant display.
He said: “I’m incredibly proud of a young group of players who would have been excited, and maybe a little bit fearful, when they saw the team Wolves were going to put out.
“They would have learnt from the previous round, albeit against different opposition. As soon as you saw that team, you knew it was going to be a very, very tough night.
“It’s the type of game where if you concede early, it could be a bad night. We had to rely on Ethan to pull out some good saves – he was excellent tonight.
“Probably the only disappointment was I thought we gifted them two of the goals. Without them, it would have been an incredibly respectable result for a team that had seven academy lads playing.”