Burton 3-2 Nottingham Forest: Jake Hesketh’s stunning volley seals spot in Carabao Cup quarter-finals
- The hosts won a penalty when Liam Bridcutt fouled Jamie Allen inside the area
- Northern Ireland striker Liam Boyce blazed the penalty well over the bar
- Scott Fraser’s effort deflected off the back of Saidy Janko for an own goal
- Fraser then doubled the lead with a cool finish after being teed up by Boyce
- Lewis Grabban pulled one back from close range after a pass from Gil Dias
- Fraser crossed for Jake Hesketh to seal the victory with a volley at the back post
- Arvin Appiah scored a consolation with a tap in after Evtimov spilled his first shot
Nigel Clough’s Burton Albion enjoyed another famous Carabao Cup upset as they reached the quarter-finals for the first time.
Clough won the League Cup twice as a Nottingham Forest player in 1989 and 1990 when his dad Brian was manager of the club.
An own goal from Saidy Janko and one from Scottish midfielder Scott Fraser put League One Burton in the driving seat to spare the blushes of Liam Boyce, who missed a first-half penalty, before substitute Lewis Grabban pulled one back.
Jake Hesketh scores the home side’s third goal with a volley from Scott Fraser’s chipped cross
The English midfielder sealed the victory with a fierce first-time strike at the back post
Hesketh wheels away in celebration after restoring his side’s two-goal lead in the game
Burton: Evtimov, Fox, Brayford, McFadzean, Akins, Allen, Quinn, Fraser (Buxton 85), Hesketh (Sbarra 88), Boyce, Templeton (Sordell 70)
Subs not used: Myers-Harness, Miller, Wallace, Collins
Goals: Janko o.g 52, Fraser 64, Hesketh 82
Nottingham Forest: Steele, Janko (Lolley 69), Hefele, Dawson, Osborn, Bridcutt (Appiah 84), Watson, Cash, Cupido Goncalves, Dias, Soudani (Grabban 56)
Subs not used: Pantilimon, Robinson, Yacob, Darikwa
Goals: Grabban 70, Appiah 90+1
Referee: John Brooks
Jake Hesketh made sure with a stunning volley in the 82nd minute before Arvin Appiah pulled one back for Forest in added time.
Championship side Forest, 33 places ahead of their East Midlands hosts, made 10 changes to Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Leeds United as they looked to reach the last eight for the first time since 1995.
Yet they were second best against a team who have already accounted for Burnley and Aston Villa.
Forest threatened first as defender Michael Dawson sent a free header well over the bar from Gil Dias’s corner, before Diogo Goncalves flashed a rising drive over.
But from then on, the rest of the first half belonged to Burton.
Boyce forced the first save with a low drive from a tight angle that had goalkeeper Luke Steele smothering at his near post.
Scott Fraser’s (left) strike is deflected off the back of Saidy Janko (right) for an own goal
Fraser watches on as he effort ricochets off Janko (left) and past goalkeeper Luke Steele
The midfielder (right) celebrates with David Templeton after breaking the deadlock
Fraser shoots to score his side’s second goal after being teed up by Liam Boyce
Fraser beats Steele at his near post to put Burton in firm control of the fourth round clash
The Scot wheels away in celebration after doubling his team’s lead at the Pirelli Stadium
Boyce then tasted mixed fortunes in the space of three minutes. First the seven-goal striker’s fierce low drive was fumbled by Steele and Templeton’s follow-up was deflected wide. Then the Northern Ireland international blasted a 32nd-minute penalty over the bar after Liam Bridcutt impeded Jamie Allen trying to cut out Hesketh’s cross.
Boyce, looking like he was affected by his spot-kick miss in front of the travelling support, wasted another chance before the break when he could only sidefoot at Steele.
Forest looked to make a quick impact after the restart and Gil Dias just lacked a finish when he could only toe-poke at Dimitar Evtimov after a dazzling 50-yard run.
But they were soon checked as Burton stunned them when Fraser’s 52nd minute shot took a heavy deflection off Janko to loop beyond Steele into the corner of the net.
Lewis Grabban (left) pulls one back from close range after a through ball from Gil Dias
Arvin Appiah nets a late consolation with a tap in after Dimitar Evtimov spilled his first shot
Fraser made it 2-0 in the 64th minute when he took advantage of a ricochet in the box to neatly slot home left-footed.
Their lead lasted just six minutes when Dias put substitute Grabban through to reduce the arrears.
Hesketh then put Burton 3-1 ahead before Forest pushed frantically to reduce the deficit, with Matty Cash heading over from a later corner with five minutes left.
Appiah scored a late consolation for Forest after a quick break down the right, tapping home after Evtimov had spilled his first effort.
Liam Bridcutt (right) fouls Jamie Allen in the box to give away a penalty in the first half
Bridcutt (right) shows his frustration as referee John Brooks (left) points to the spot
Liam Boyce attempts to give his side the lead from the spot against Nottingham Forest
Boyce (centre) watches on as his poor effort flies well over the bar during the first half
The Northern Ireland striker shows his frustration after passing up the golden opportunity
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