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27 October 2017 Venue The City Ground Attendance Referee Martyn Rawcliffe

Kick off 13:30 (UK)

Nottingham Forest U23
2 - 2
FT
Sheffield Wednesday U23

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Liam Bossin
    GK
  • 2
    Jordan Gabriel
    DF
  • 3
    Anel Ahmedhodzic
    DF
  • 4
    Adam Crookes
    DF
  • 5
    Ethan Stewart
    DF
  • 6
    Toby Edser
    MF
  • 7
    Elvis Otim (C)
    MF
  • 8
    Jake Taylor
    MF
  • 9
    Virgil Gomis
    FW
  • 10
    Yassine En-Neyah
    FW
  • 11
    Aaron Smith
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Jayden Richardson
    SUB
  • 13
    Jordan Wright
    SUB
  • 14
    Riley Harbottle
    SUB
  • 15
    Brennan Johnson
    SUB
  • 16
    Luke McCormick
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Gary Brazil

4-3-3
  • 1
    Dan Wallis
    GK
  • 2
    Ash Baker (C)
    DF
  • 3
    Morgan Fox
    DF
  • 4
    James Murphy
    MF
  • 5
    Freddie Nielsen
    DF
  • 6
    Glenn Loovens
    DF
  • 7
    Matt Penney
    MF
  • 8
    Connor Kirby
    MF
  • 9
    Preslav Borukov
    FW
  • 10
    Warren Clarke
    FW
  • 11
    Marco Matias
    FW

Substitutes

  • 12
    Connor O'Grady
    SUB
  • 13
    Joe Walker
    SUB
  • 14
    Fraser Preston
    SUB
  • 15
    Liam Williams
    SUB
  • 16
    Liam Waldock
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Neil Thompson

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Under 23s back at The City Ground

27 October 2017

The City Ground will again host Nottingham Forest Under 23s this afternoon as Sheffield Wednesday are the opponents in the Professional Development League.

The Reds drew 1-1 against Crewe Alexandra on Monday afternoon with a number of first-team players gaining valuable match time, and Mark Warburton has hinted that some could also be involved again today.

The game kicks off at 1.30pm and there is free admission to all supporters, with seats available in the lower tier of the Brian Clough Stand only. Limited parking will be available in the Brian Clough Stand car park.

Supporters will not be able to access the Brian Clough Stand via the main entrance and Peter Taylor Stand. There will be pedestrian access only via Colwick Road and Trentside and vehicle access to the Brian Clough Stand car park off Scarrington Road.

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Match Reports

Under 23s: Forest 2-2 Sheffield Wednesday

27 October 2017

Mark Fear/Nottingham Post

A last-minute equaliser from Sheffield Wednesday defender Connor O’Grady denied Forest Under 23s a point in an evenly-contested match at The City Ground.

Goals from Virgil Gomis and substitute Jayden Richardson put The Reds into a late lead after initially falling behind to James Murphy's opener midway into the second half.

But O'Grady's late header ended the game in frustration for The Reds who were unlucky not to win the game after an excellent final ten minutes.

It was a quiet opening ten minutes to the contest with Ash Baker's strong tackle on Anel Ahmedhodzic the only notable moment as the left-back tried to get away down the flank. But as the game went on The Reds slowly started to get their foot on the ball with Aaron Smith and Toby Edser trying to make things happen.

With over half an hour gone the game continued to be a quiet affair with either side struggling to take control of the match and create some clear-cut chances.

On the brink of half time, Forest came closest to opening the score when Smith powered his way forward towards goal before teeing up Anel Ahmedhodzic, whose ball across goal evaded everyone meaning the teams went in level at the break.

As the second half began it was the visitors who were quick out the blocks but they couldn't find a clinical edge to finish off a couple of openings in the Forest defence.
Gomis had a wonderful opportunity to put The Reds into the lead when some great link-up play with substitute Brennan Johnson saw him dance his way into the area. He found some space and rifled an effort towards goal but Wednesday goalkeeper Dan Wallis made an excellent save to ensure that the scores remained level.

The visitors eventually broke the deadlock on 68 minutes though Forest defender Ethan Stewart was caught in possession and quickly punished by Murphy who bore down on goal and coolly slotted past Bossin to put The Owls into the lead.

The game seemed to come into life after the goal and Wednesday had two big chances to extend their lead. Marco Matias came closest, first when he produced a clever bit of skill to loft the ball over a Forest head before lashing his shot well over the bar, and Matt Penney Bossin into a fantastic save after he cut inside and fired a powerful effort goalwards.

The Reds then looked to have turned it around in the last ten minutes of the game. First it was Gomis who levelled the scores on 84 minutes with a fine strike. The striker got the better of former Reds defender Freddie Nielsen and emphatically struck it into the bottom corner to equalise.

Just three minutes later substitute Richardson thought he had grabbed the winner for the home side. Forest broke forward through Smith and he played Richardson through who eventually prodded it home high into the net to put his side into the lead.

But Wednesday were not finished there with substitute O'Grady heading home a last-minute equaliser from a corner to ensure that his side went back to Sheffield with a point and that the game ended 2-2.

Forest: Bossin, Gabriel (Richardson 64'), Ahmedhodzic, Crookes, Stewart, Edser, Otim (c) (Harbottle 78'), Taylor, Gomis, En-Neyah (Johnson 61'), Smith

Unused subs: Wright, McCormick

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