Nottingham Forest boss McClaren delighted with derby win

Steve McClaren
Forest's win over the Magpies was the first with McClaren in charge

Nottingham Forest boss Steve McClaren has praised his side after their dramatic Carling Cup victory over local rivals Notts County.

The tie was level at 3-3 after extra-time, but County's Neal Bishop missed his penalty to give Forest the win.

McClaren told BBC Radio Nottingham: "That was one of the best cup ties I've ever been involved in.

"It had everything, a rollercoaster. Two teams with never-say-die attitudes - it just kept going and going."

After 90 minutes the teams were level with two goals a piece, but early in extra-time Lee Hughes thought he had handed the Magpies an unlikely win when his powerful shot flew past Forest keeper Paul Smith.

But with Forest set to be heading out of the competition, Wes Morgan crashed home a long-range effort in the 123rd minute of the game to send the tie to penalties.

"We said in [the dressing room] never say never. They didn't do badly - they kept probing, kept passing," McClaren continued.

"It was like a boxing match in which two opponents had had enough of dancing around and were standing toe-to-toe, and fighting in the middle of the ring, and see which one fell.

"Luckily enough it was Notts County, but credit to Martin Allen and Notts County for what was a fantastic and emotional night."

He continued: "They deserved that luck. We needed someone to step forward and Wes Morgan was the man."

The win followed Forest's opening day goalless draw against Barnsley and McClaren bemoaned the missed opportunities on Tuesday night.

"We passed the ball well. Even though we scored three, we just lacked the cutting edge in the final third."

Meanwhile, Notts County manager Martin Allen said: "I am proud, it was a fantastic occasion, obviously, to take on Forest, Steve McClaren and his squad.

"The players were absolutely fantastic. They didn't deserve to lose and I think every Forest fan would say we were the better team."

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