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Nottingham Forest’s League Cup history providing motivation, claims Steve Cooper

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Steve Cooper says Nottingham Forest’s history is something those currently at the club embrace and want to use as motivation as they look to create “new moments”.Forest’s honours list famously features a league title and two European Cup triumphs under Brian Clough, who also oversaw them winning four League Cups.On Wednesday, they play in the semi-finals of the latter competition for the first time in 31 years, taking on Manchester United at home in the first leg before heading to Old Trafford for the second leg a week later.Boss Cooper, who last season guided Forest back to the Premier League after a 23-year absence, said when asked how important the club’s history was to him when heading into big games like Wednesday’s: “I think we embrace it.“We try not to (let) it be a hindrance or an added pressure.

We want to use it as a motivation, to understand who we are and what we represent.“I’ve said from the moment I walked in (in September 2021), you can’t get away from the history of this club, and you shouldn’t, so embrace it, represent it as best you can, but in a modern way, in a way that we’re trying to look forward, trying to create new eras, positive eras, new moments.“I think that’s a good balance.

This club is what it is because of its history and we should always be proud of that.”After coming up via the Sky Bet Championship play-offs, Forest are currently 13th in the top flight, and go into the tie against Erik ten Hag’s United having lost only twice in their last 11 matches in all competitions – 3-0 away to the Red Devils in December, and 4-1 at Blackpool in the FA Cup earlier this month.Cooper added: “We’re really excited about it, that’s for sure, and to put Nottingham Forest on the stage of the semi-final of

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