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02 October 2017 Venue The Impact Arena Attendance Referee Simeon Lucas

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

Nottingham Forest U23
0 - 3
FT
Middlesbrough PL2

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Dimitar Evtimov
    GK
  • 2
    Elvis Otim (C)
    DF
  • 3
    Choz Charlesworth
    DF
  • 4
    Jayden Richardson
    DF
  • 5
    Ethan Stewart
    DF
  • 6
    Toby Edser
    MF
  • 7
    Lewis Walters
    MF
  • 8
    Jake Taylor
    MF
  • 9
    Gerry McDonagh
    FW
  • 10
    Tyler Walker
    FW
  • 11
    Aaron Smith
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Connor Smith
    SUB
  • 13
    George Shelvey
    SUB
  • 14
    Kieran Hayes
    SUB
  • 15
    Yassine En-Neyah
    SUB
  • 16
    Arvin Appiah
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Gary Brazil

4-4-2
  • 1
    Aynsley Pears
    GK
  • 2
    Robbie Tinkler
    DF
  • 3
    Patrick Reading
    DF
  • 4
    Ben Liddle
    MF
  • 5
    James Cook
    DF
  • 6
    Nathan McGinley (C)
    DF
  • 7
    Hayden Coulson
    MF
  • 8
    Lewis Wing
    MF
  • 9
    George Miller
    FW
  • 10
    Luke Armstrong
    FW
  • 11
    Connor Malley
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Tyrone O'Neill
    SUB
  • 14
    Stephen Walker
    SUB
  • 15
    Enes Mahmutovic
    SUB
  • 16
    Matheus Caliman
    SUB
  • 21
    Zak Hemming
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Paul Stephenson

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Boro test for Under 23s

2 October 2017

Nottingham Forest Under 23s turn their attention to the Premier League Cup tonight when they take on Middlesbrough.

The Reds begin life without Jack Lester after he joined Chesterfield as first-team manager, with Boro visiting Alfreton Town's Impact Arena for the first group-stage game of the competition.

Forest will be looking to get back to winning ways after two defeats in a row against Ipswich Town and Birmingham City but will face a stern test from the Premier League 2 side.

Kick-off is at 7pm and tickets are available on arrival, priced at £4 for adults and £2 for concessions.

Getting there

Alfreton Town Football Club
The Impact Arena
North Street
Alfreton
Derbyshire
DE55 7FZ

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

By rail: Leaving the station approach, turn right on Mansfield Road and up the hill towards the town centre. Take the second turn left onto Prospect Street (post office on left corner, chip shop on right). Continue for full length of Prospect Street. At top, cross Nottingham Road on a light-controlled pedestrian crossing. Facing you is a Roman Catholic church, North Street goes down the right-hand side of the church. 150 yards down, the ground is on your right, set well back. Approx. walking time from station is 15 minutes.

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Match Reports

Under 23s: Forest 0-3 Middlesbrough

2 October 2017

Nottingham Forest Under 23s began their Premier League Cup campaign with a defeat as Middlesbrough ran out 3-0 winners.

Goals from Luke Armstrong, George Miller and Hayden Coulson sealed the win for Boro at Alfreton Town's Impact Arena against a young Forest side.

The Reds started brightly, pressuring their opponents high up the pitch and almost took the lead on 11 minutes through Lewis Walters as his rising drive clipped the top of the crossbar.

A fortuitous deflection off Walters played Tyler Walker through on goal on the quarter-of-an-hour mark but his shot was well saved by Aynsley Pears in the Boro goal and a brilliant block from Choz Charlesworth denied the visitors at the other end on 20.

It was an evenly-contested opening half-hour with few chances, but the Premier League 2 side started to grow into the game. Lewis Wing tested Dimitar Evtimov from range then the Bulgarian stopper pulled off a fine stop to deny George Miller's curling effort on 36.

A swift break forward on 43 by Gerry McDonagh saw the Irishman play Walker in on goal, but a heavy touch forced him wide and he could only shoot across the face of goal, and he tested Pears a minute later with a deflected effort which the keeper gathered at the second attempt.

Evtimov was again called into action in first-half stoppage time as he tipped Ben Liddle's effort over the bar as the two sides went in level at the break.

Hayden Coulson fizzed an effort narrowly over the crossbar to start the second half and neat link-up play between Walker and McDonagh led to the former shooting in to the side netting on 53.

It was the visitors who found the clinical touch though as they took the lead on 57. Armstrong had half-a-yard of space inside the Forest area and he fired low and hard into the far corner to put Boro in front.

It was two shortly afterwards as good play by left back Patrick Reading saw him skip down the wing and deliver a great cross for Miller in the middle to convert from close range, and Miller almost doubled his tally on 68 as he latched onto a long ball forward but Evtimov was equal to his effort.

Forest probed for a way back into the game but Middlesbrough secured the win on 82 as Coulson added a third. The winger pounced on a loose ball in the Forest box and smashed past a helpless Evtimov to take the Group A points back to Teeside.

Forest: Evtimov, Otim (En-Neyah 83'), Charlesworth, Richardson, Stewart, Edser, Walters (Appiah 69'), Taylor, McDonagh, Walker, A. Smith (Hayes 78')

Unused subs: C. Smith, Shelvey

Booking: Taylor 90'

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