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Nottingham Forest manager Nuno Espirito Santo says he is happy with his team for edging past Blackpool in a “tough and very demanding” FA Cup third-round replay.

Forest needed extra-time to finally overcome their League One opponents, who came back from 2-0 down to almost win the tie in the eighth minute of second-half injury time.

“This is the FA Cup and that’s why it is so special,” said Nuno post-match.

“It allows every team to show, play and fight. We had our problems but all credit to Blackpool.

“This is why I love the FA Cup. It is very special and we have to go for it. It was tough and very demanding but we did the job.

“At the beginning of the second half I thought the game was over, we made mistakes and that allowed Blackpool to get back into the game, but in extra-time we showed we deserved to win.”

Forest also made touching tributes to midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate, who had been with his country Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations but left the camp earlier on Wednesday following the death of his father.

“Cheikhou has been through a tough time, he lost his father,” added Nuno.

“We heard the news before the game and wanted to show we care and our thoughts are with him.

“He is a very important guy in the dressing room and on the pitch with his experience and his knowledge, and our thoughts are with him.”

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