This was a game alive for only about a minute. That was the amount of time it took the VAR officials to decide that Sam Surridge’s equaliser midway through the first half would not stand.
The Nottingham forward was an inch or two offside. Briefly they had been on their feet at the City Ground. Fathers were kissing sons and that kind of stuff.
The last time United were here — in 1999 — they had won 8-1 so parity here would have felt important to a provincial club still trying to prove itself all over again in the modern era.
But the technology said no and superior quality and, it must be said, application won out in the end. United were better than Forest by a distance and that was disappointing not only to their manager Steve Cooper, but also to those neutrals who hoped for a live second leg in Manchester next week.Read more on dailymail.co.uk