Steve Cooper said Nottingham Forest “remind the world” of what a special and magical club they are after their return to the First Division after a 23-year absence.
Forrest will play in the Premier League next season after Cuper, who was appointed in September when the club was bottom of the tournament, led a promotion push and praised his players for “stepping out of the silver screen” after winning the match that started with. Points from the first seven games.
Forrest knocked out Huddersfield in the final thanks to Levi Colwell’s own goal, but the win was disputed after Forrest survived a terrifying late penalty kick. VAR was in the works, but Harry Tovolo was booked to simulate after he appeared to be fouled by Forest midfielder Jack Colback and VAR did not intervene when Louis O’Brien was hit in the head by Forest substitute Max Lowe.
Colwell put the ball past goalkeeper Lee Nichols in the 43rd minute when Ryan Yates tried to find a cross from James Garner.
“We have reminded the world how special and big this football club is and that means a lot to me,” Cooper said.
“We were really looking for something like this. In the last eight and nine months we’ve just tried to inspire confidence in the club, which then turned into the fans.
“There is no doubt that we deserve to be promoted, with the football we played, the matches we won and the behavior we have shown after every normal performance or defeat. I am really proud of everyone involved with the club.
“It is a magical football club and we have reminded the world of that.
“Everyone associated with the football club deserves it today and we are really positive about the future now. It’s not about me, but it changed my life, maybe anyway. We brought Nottingham to Wembley, we took the place and here we are in the Premier League.”
Huddersfield coach Carlos Corbran refused to blame officials for not awarding his team a penalty. “When you only have one referee, it’s complicated, but when you have the VAR, the chance to make a fair decision increases,” the Spaniard said.
“I can only accept that it was not a penalty. I did not watch the team suffer in defense. I watched the team defend more than attack, but we did not create any chances. In the second half we tried to take more risks.”