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09 February 2018 Venue Thorp Arch Grange Attendance

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Leeds United U23
5 - 1
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Nottingham Forest U23

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Bailey Peacock-Farrell
    GK
  • 2
    Hugo Diaz
    DF
  • 3
    Tom Pearce
    DF
  • 4
    Pascal Struijk
    MF
  • 5
    Paudie O'Connor (C)
    DF
  • 6
    Callum Nicell
    DF
  • 7
    Jack Clarke
    MF
  • 8
    Oriol Rey
    MF
  • 9
    Oliver Sarkic
    FW
  • 10
    Alex Machuca
    MF
  • 11
    Jay-Roy Grot
    FW

Substitutes

  • 12
    Harrison Male
    SUB
  • 13
    Romario Vieira
    SUB
  • 14
    Sam Dalby
    SUB
  • 15
    Clarke Odour
    SUB
  • 16
    Adrian Balboa
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Carlos Corberan

4-3-3
  • 1
    Tim Erlandsson
    GK
  • 2
    Jordan Gabriel
    DF
  • 3
    Joe Coveney
    DF
  • 4
    Jake Taylor
    MF
  • 5
    Anel Ahmedhodzic
    DF
  • 6
    Alex Iacovitti
    DF
  • 7
    Yassine En-Neyah
    FW
  • 8
    Elvis Otim
    MF
  • 9
    Virgil Gomis
    FW
  • 10
    Toby Edser (C)
    MF
  • 11
    Aaron Smith
    FW

Substitutes

  • 12
    Kieran Hayes
    SUB
  • 13
    Liam Bossin
    SUB
  • 14
    Trialist
    SUB
  • 15
    Brennan Johnson
    SUB
  • 16
    Danny Preston
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Gareth Holmes

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Preview: Under 23s take on Leeds

9 February 2018

Nottingham Forest Under 23s make the trip to Thorp Arch Grange this afternoon to take on Leeds United in the Professional Development League (kick-off 1pm).

The young Reds are currently sat in third place in the league and they will be determined to bounce back after their unbeaten run in all competitions came to an end at the Impact Arena on Monday afternoon when they lost 2-1 to Birmingham City in the Premier League Cup.

Attentions now turn back to the league campaign before a tasty local derby against Derby County at The City Ground in the Premier League Cup on Monday night (kick-off 7pm).

Their opponents today currently sit in seventh position in the league, six points behind Forest after playing five more games, but they will be full of confidence after coming back from two goals down against Birmingham to draw 2-2 seven days ago.

The Reds will be without the services of forward Lewis Walters, after he was shown a red card in Monday's defeat, but Aaron Smith returns following his suspension.

Address

Thorp Arch Grange, Wetherby, LS23 7BA.

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Match Reports

Under 23s: Leeds 5-1 Forest

9 February 2018

Nottingham Forest Under 23s lost for the first time in the league since the end of September as they were well beaten by Leeds United this afternoon.

Virgil Gomis hit back after two goals in the first 15 minutes from Oliver Sarkic and Oriol Rey but Leeds went on to score three more through Adrian Balboa, Paudie O'Connor and Tom Pearce in what turned out to be a miserable afternoon for The Reds.

Forest had a nightmare start on four minutes when Leeds opened the scoring. The home side were awarded a free-kick just inside their own half and despite the best attempts of Alex Iacovitti to clear the ball, Sarkic prodded the ball home to give them an early lead.

Just under ten minutes later and Leeds were at it again when Rey extended their lead. Forest failed to deal with a corner, and Rey was on hand to smash the ball home at the back post, past Tim Erlandsson in the Forest goal.

But Forest did get a goal back soon after through Virgil Gomis. A wonderful through ball found the French striker who raced forward, taking the ball past the goalkeeper before slotting home into an empty net to put The Reds back into the contest.

Then 30 minutes in and things went from bad to worse when Balboa scored to make it 3-1. Jack Clarke brought the ball forward before teeing up Balboa who put the ball into the net.

The nightmare half continued as Leeds went into the break 4-1 up. A corner was not dealt with again and despite a good save from Erlandsson in the build-up to the goal, the ball found the head of O'Connor and into the net.

Gareth Holmes made a double change at the break, bringing on Danny Preston and Kieran Hayes for Joe Coveney and Yassine En-Neyah as The Reds tried to restore some parity, but Leeds continued to dominate possession, making it difficult for the away side.

That showed when Pearce made it five for the hosts midway through the second half. The full back's mazy run was rounded off with an emphatic left-footed drive that whistled past Erlandsson and into the bottom right-hand corner.

It was a miserable afternoon for the Under 23s who failed to create anything clear-cut to get something out of the game in the second half as they now turn their attentions to the East Midlands derby against Derby County at The City Ground on Monday night (kick-off 7pm).

Forest: Erlandsson, Gabriel (Trialist 84'), Coveney (Preston 46'), Taylor, Ahmedhodzic, Iacovitti, En-Neyah (Hayes 46'), Otim, Gomis, Edser (c), Smith

Unused subs: Bossin, Johnson

 

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