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Nottingham Forest’s FA Cup hero was just one goal away from getting a dog

Eric Lichaj's wife promised the defender he could get a dog if he scored a hat-trick

Eric Lichaj will likely go down in FA Cup history after his stunning brace against Arsenal at the weekend.

The fullback’s two-goal sensation in Nottingham Forest’s 4-2 victory over the Gunners on Sunday was undoubtedly the biggest story of the third-round, and one of the most memorable ‘giant-killings’ in recent times.

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What’s more, the cup-holders fielded the likes Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck and Per Mertesacker (scoff all you like, but they’re still big name internationals) against the Championship also-rans.

But none of that matters to poor ol’ Lichaj, as he was just one goal short of a season-long dream of scoring a hat-trick.

Nice hit, mate

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Nice hit, mate

Speaking after the game, the 29-year-old revealed that he was agonisingly close from his wife Kathryn agreeing to get a dog.

The USA international – who’s scored just five league goals since 2010 – even asked if he could take Forest’s penalty in the 85th minute, but was denied by his teammates.

Lichaj said: “My wife told me that if I score a hat-trick this year I can get a dog.

“I was trying to get the penalty, but Vaughany told me politely to go away.”

To be fair, if he’d missed that, we reckon he’d be in the dog house for quite a while (sorry, not sorry).

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Still, it’s not all bad, as he got to score one of the goals of the competition so far.

His second strike, which came just before half-time, the American expertly controlled the ball on his chest and volleyed a lovely looping effort into the top corner, way out of David Ospina’s reach.

When asked about the goal, he said: “I think it was the best I’ve ever scored.

“It felt good to have the control and the technique.

“Usually when I hit it, it’s just all power, but this time I couldn’t generate much and thought I’d just go for the corner.

“It worked out the goalkeeper had no chance and it was just before half-time, so good for us.

“I’ll remember that one forever!”