Nottingham Forest Under 23s exited the Premier League Cup last night with a 1-0 defeat against Middlesbrough.
Knowing that a win for either side would take them through to the last 16 of the competition, it was Boro who progressed from the group stage alongside Derby County with a victory at Bishop Auckland’s Heritage Park.
Luke Armstrong’s goal proved to be the difference on the half-hour mark, with his header crashing down off the crossbar and the officials judging the ball to have crossed the line.
The game was marred by serious injuries to The Reds’ Yassine En-Neyah and Jordan Gabriel, with both players leaving the field on a stretcher, which led to 20 minutes of injury time at the end of the game.
But Forest couldn’t find a breakthrough as they went out of the cup at the group stage.
Forest: Erlandsson, Gabriel (Richardson 90’), Preston, Otim, Stewart, Ahmedhodzic, Appiah, Edser (c), Gomis, Smith, En-Neyah (Charlesworth 62’)
Unused subs: Bossin, Harbottle
Bookings: Ahmedhodzic 28’, Preston 90’