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05 February 2018 Venue The Impact Arena Attendance 94 Referee Danny Middleton

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Nottingham Forest U23
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Birmingham City U23

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4-3-3
  • 1
    Liam Bossin
    GK
  • 2
    Kieran Hayes
    DF
  • 3
    Elvis Otim
    DF
  • 4
    Jake Taylor
    MF
  • 5
    Alex Iacovitti
    DF
  • 6
    Joe Coveney
    DF
  • 7
    Toby Edser (C)
    MF
  • 8
    Keith Asare
    MF
  • 9
    Virgil Gomis
    FW
  • 10
    Lewis Walters
    FW
  • 11
    Victor Sodeinde
    FW

Substitutes

  • 12
    Josh Barnes
    SUB
  • 13
    Tim Erlandsson
    SUB
  • 14
    Sam Sanders
    SUB
  • 15
    Max Ram
    SUB
  • 16
    Ethan Dekel
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Gareth Holmes

4-4-2
  • 1
    Jake Weaver
    GK
  • 2
    Wes Harding (C)
    DF
  • 3
    Josh Martin
    DF
  • 4
    Luke Maxwell
    MF
  • 5
    Ryan Burke
    DF
  • 6
    Dom Bernard
    DF
  • 7
    Remeao Hutton
    MF
  • 8
    Corey O'Keeffe
    MF
  • 9
    Kyle McFarlane
    FW
  • 10
    Odin Bailey
    FW
  • 11
    Olly McCoy
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Wes McDonald
    SUB
  • 14
    Tommy Anderson
    SUB
  • 15
    Jordan Clarke
    SUB
  • 16
    Geraldo Bajrami
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Paul Robinson

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Under 23s: Forest vs Birmingham

5 February 2018

Nottingham Forest Under 23s will look to make it six straight wins on the bounce when they take on Birmingham City Under 23s in the Premier League Cup at the Impact Arena this afternoon (kick-off 1pm).

The Reds, who sit third in the Professional Development League North table, now turn their attentions to the cup, where a win would see them move level on points with Derby County who are currently top of the group after playing one more game.

Manager Gareth Holmes will be keen to build on their impressive 4-2 win over Barnsley on Friday evening thanks to goals from Alex Iacovitti, Lewis Walters and a brace from Virgil Gomis, but they will be without midfielder Aaron Smith after his red card in Friday's league match.

Birmingham City Under 23s, who are currently bottom of the group, drew 2-2 in the league against Leeds United Under 23s on Friday despite having a two-goal lead.

Ticket details:

Adults - £4

Concessions - £2

Address

The Impact Arena, North Street, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 7FZ

Directions to the Impact Arena

From the M1, turn off at junction 28 on to the A38 towards Derby. Follow for two miles then take the slip road on to the B600. Turn right at the main road towards the town centre. After half-a-mile, immediately after the Catholic Church on the left, turn left into North Street. The ground is 150 yards down on the right.

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Under 23s: Forest 1-2 Birmingham

5 February 2018

Nottingham Forest Under 23s’ winning run was brought to a halt by Birmingham City Under 23s as they lost 2-1 in the Premier League Cup at the Impact Arena.

A late Forest surge in the second-half, which included a stunning strike from substitute Ethan Dekel, was not enough to prevent defeat as two early second-half goals from Birmingham City's Olly McCoy and Dom Bernard condemned The Reds to defeat.

Gareth Holmes made four changes to the side that beat Barnsley Under 23s 4-2 on Friday evening with Liam Bossin, Kieran Hayes, Keith Asare and Victor Sodeinde coming into the side for Tim Erlandsson, Anel Ahmedhodzic, Ethan Stewart and the suspended Aaron Smith.

It was the visitors who had the first real effort when space opened up in the middle for midfielder Olly McCoy. McCoy powered forward, lined up the shot and fired it into the hands of Liam Bossin who eventually held it.

The Reds were looking to utilise the pace of Virgil Gomis in attack and he was close to creating an opportunity when Keith Asare played him in down the right-hand side. Gomis beat his man but over hit the cross which went out for a throw.

Birmingham City came close on 18 minutes when a weighted cross from Remeao Hutton was met by Olly McCoy but he could only head over from close range. The Blues nearly broke the deadlock moments later when a low cross from Wes Harding was eventually cleared as the visitors tried to heap on the pressure.

Forest were struggling to keep hold of the ball but they did look threatening on 29 minutes. Toby Edser intercepted the ball before his ball to Lewis Walters freed up some space for the latter who danced his way into the box, looking for the shot. The ball came back to Edser who lofted a cross to the back post which was eventually dealt with by the Birmingham defence.

Birmingham looked the more likely to score and they continued to build the pressure when Olly McCoy cut inside and curled a powerful effort towards goal which Bossin parried away. The Forest defence continued to remain strong however with a number of important blocks as The Reds went into the break level.

Early into the second-half and Forest came inches away from finding the opener on two separate occasions. A clever corner routine sent Toby Edser racing into the area but his low cross was fired narrowly over by Victor Sodeinde at the back post. Moments later and Virgil Gomis was bearing down on goal, but he dragged his shot just wide of the post.

But it was Birmingham City who scored the first goal of the contest when Olly McCoy netted for the visitors. Centre back Luke Maxwell raced into the area and pulled it back into a dangerous area. A rather unconvincing clearance played the ball to McCoy who lashed home an emphatic effort past Bossin to send his side into the lead.

The Blues were close to doubling their lead just two minutes later when Remeao Hutton whipped a cross towards the back post with McCoy failing to turn the ball home. But they soon doubled their lead through Dom Bernard. A deep cross was headed back across goal by Wes Harding with Bernard on hand to sweep it into the bottom right corner off the post.

Forest defender Alex Iacovitti was lucky not to be punished on 61 minutes when he was dispossessed by Kyle McFarlane but Reds 'keeper Liam Bossin was quick off his line and produced a fine stop to deny the striker. Ethan Dekel then came on for Forest, replacing Keith Asare.

Toby Edser was trying to make things happen for The Reds in the final third and he was unlucky not to score when Birmingham goalkeeper Jake Weaver pulled off a clever stop to deny him as he danced his way into the box.

Forest were struggling to create anything but that all changed when Ethan Dekel scored a stunning effort from 25-yards out on 73 minutes. Dekel picked up the ball, found some space and lashed a stunning effort into the top right-hand corner to put The Reds back into the contest.

Forest came alive after the goal and looked likely to score an equaliser. First, Kieran Hayes made an impressive run into the box and put a teasing ball across the face of goal which Birmingham cleared. Moments later Virgil Gomis was inches away from equalising when he met a fantastic delivery but put his effort inches over the crossbar.

Kieran Hayes was then shown a yellow card for a cynical foul before Gareth Holmes' men had appeals for a penalty waived away five minutes later when the goal-scorer Dekel went down inside the area as Forest came closer to finding a leveller. They finally thought they had it through Lewis Walters when he raced through and prodded an effort towards goal but his effort was cleared off the line by Birmingham defender Geraldo Bajrami.

Tensions started to rise going into the final five minutes with Lewis Walters going into the book before Birmingham City defender Luke Maxwell was shown a yellow after a robust challenge on Virgil Gomis. Lewis Walters was then shown a second yellow card with just seconds remaining on the clock after he got a challenge all wrong.

Forest: Bossin, Hayes, Coveney, Iacovitti, Otim, Taylor, Edser (c), Asare (Dekel 62'), Sodiende (Sanders 72'), Walters, Gomis

Unused subs: Barnes, Erlandsson, Ram

Goal: Dekel 73'

Bookings: Hayes 81', Walters 86', 90'

Sent off: Walters 90'

Birmingham: Weaver, Harding (c), Martin, Maxwell, Burke (Bajrami 70'), Bernard, Hutton, O'Keefe, McFarlane (Clarke 74'), Bailey (McDonald 80'), McCoy

Unused subs: Anderson

Goals: McCoy 53', Bernard 57'

Booking: Martin 83', Maxwell 90'

Referee: Danny Middleton

Attendance: 94

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