Nottingham Forest Under-18s boss defiant ahead of FA Youth Cup semi-final against Norwich City

Norwich City's Reece Hall-Johnson nets the winner at the City Ground.

Norwich City's Reece Hall-Johnson nets the winner at the City Ground. - Credit: Archant

Nottingham Forest's interim academy boss Gary Brazil has warned it is still all to play for in tonight's FA Youth Cup, semi-final second leg at Carrow Road.

Forest's youngsters' trail 1-0 after the first tie, but Brazil believes it would be foolish to write off the East Midlands club.

'We still have a very good feel we can do this and we know we can play better than the first leg,' he said. 'The desire to make the final is very big and we hope we get the rub of the green. Admittedly, our position isn't as healthy as we would like, but I told the boys on Friday morning that if somebody had said to them last June that they would be going into the second leg of the FA Youth Cup semi-final a goal down, with 90 minutes to turn it around, they'd have snapped their hand off.'

Brazil knows Forest must deal better with City's pacy attacking threat.

'Norwich will try to fill the ground and they will expect to go through now so there is added pressure that comes with that. There isn't any on us,' he told Forest's official site. 'They have got the lead, they are the Premier League club and everyone will expect Norwich to go through. I like that situation and I am looking forward to having a really good go at this. Norwich are big, strong and quick but it is the pace that worries me more than the physical side because our boys will stand toe-to-toe. We won't back down. Their pace and ability to counter-attack is key. I don't think they perceive us as weak because we can hold our own with every team at this age level. I don't think home and away advantage counts too much in this competition; sometimes it is tougher at home because you will have a lot of your own first team staff present.'