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Kick off 13:00 (UK)

05 April 2019 Venue Wilford Lane Training Ground Attendance

Kick off 13:00 (UK)

Nottingham Forest U23
2 - 1
Burnley U23

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Preview: Under 23s vs Burnley

5 April 2019

Nottingham Forest Under 23s welcome Burnley to the Forest Academy in the Professional Development League on Friday (kick-off 1pm).

The Reds have three games remaining this season and will be looking to end the campaign strong after picking up an impressive three points in Monday's 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday.

Jimmy Gilligan's side were cruelly defeated 4-3 in the last minute in the reverse fixture back in November and The Clarets have pushed on since, currently sitting in third place in the league with Forest in 8th.

Supporters are welcome to attend the game for free but there is no car parking available.

The official academy Twitter account will have live updates from the game while a full match report will be available shortly after the final whistle at

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Match Reports

Under 23s: Forest 2-1 Burnley

5 April 2019

Nottingham Forest Under 23s secured a comfortable 2-1 win over Burnley this afternoon in the Professional Development League.

Goals from Jamie Ward and Yassine En-Neyah in each half condemned The Clarets to defeat, who scored a late consolation of their own. Tobias Figueiredo returned to action, playing 60 minutes, while Sam Byram also completed another 90 minutes on their return from injury.

The Reds made the perfect start on six minutes when Ward fired them into an early lead. An excellent run from Byram down the right saw him fire in a low cross which was turned in by Ward who finished emphatically into the top corner.

Although Forest were in the ascendancy, chances were limited. However, Jake Taylor nearly made it two midway through the first half when he took a quick free kick which edged just over the bar. Jimmy Gilligan's side were moving the ball around terrifically and Kieran Hayes was unlucky not to finish a neat move in the centre when his touch was too heavy as he was played through on goal.

After the break, Jordan Cropper was shown a yellow card for the visitors after a late challenge on Hayes before The Reds nearly doubled their lead. Another dangerous free-kick from Taylor on the edge of the area went all the way through the Burnley defence, but nobody was on hand to turn the ball home.

Figueiredo and Ward were then replaced by Jayden Richardson and En-Neyah on the hour mark and the latter quickly made his mark. A lofted through ball from Brennan Johnson was latched onto by En-Neyah who brought the ball down brilliantly before slotting it past the 'keeper to make it two.

Kostas Megaritis came on to replace Danny Preston shortly before a shocking challenge from Burnley defender Bobby Thomas on Alex Mighten saw him go into the book, forcing the Forest winger off.

Burnley then made their extra man count when Thomas nodded in from a long throw-in, but The Reds held on to secure another impressive three points.

Forest: Wright, Byram, Preston (Megaritis 75'), Taylor, Figueiredo (c) (Richardson 60'), Stewart, Ward (En-Neyah 60'), Fornah, Hayes, Johnson, Mighten

Subs not used: Bossin, J. Hefele

Goals: Ward 6', En-Neyah 69'

Words by Harry Webster, images by Callum Jordan

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