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17 December 2018 Venue The Impact Arena Attendance

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Nottingham Forest U23
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Crewe Alexandra U23

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Match preview: Under 23s vs Crewe Alexandra

17 December 2018

Nottingham Forest Under 23s welcome Crewe Alexandra to the Impact Arena on Monday afternoon in their final Professional Development League game of 2018 (kick-off 1pm).

Jimmy Gilligan's side suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat at the hands of Birmingham City last weekend and will be looking to bounce back to end the calendar year on a high.

Crewe will pose a tough test however after already beating The Reds 2-1 this season back in October, and they haven't lost since. The Railwaymen remain unbeaten in their last seven games which has seen them climb to fourth in the league table.

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 nottinghamforest.co.uk.

Directions to the Impact Arena

By road: 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.

By rail: Leaving the station approach, turn right on Mansfield Road and up the hill towards the town centre. Take the second turn left on to Prospect Street (post office on left corner, chip shop on right). Continue for the full length of Prospect Street. At the 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. Approximate walking time from the station is 15 minutes.

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Under 23s: Forest 3-0 Crewe

17 December 2018

Nottingham Forest Under 23s finished 2018 with an excellent 3-0 win over Crewe Alexandra in the Professional Development League at the Impact Arena.

An own goal and a composed finish from Yassine En-Neyah and Tyrese Fornah in the second half secured all three points for The Reds, to end Crewe’s seven-match unbeaten run.

The Reds were on the front foot early on through Alex Mighten who charged forwards and cut inside, but his effort was deflected away before Jake Taylor tested David Richards in the Crewe goal moments later with a low drive that the ‘keeper got down to well.

Experienced Crewe man Paul Green nearly gave his side the lead on 14 minutes however, when he climbed highest at a corner as he nodded the ball inches wide of the far post. The best chance of the half fell to Forest though, when Anel Ahmedhodzic flicked the ball goal wards from a corner as it bounced off the post.

It was a physical encounter at the Impact Arena and that showed when both Crewe men Tom Lowery and Luke Offord were given yellow cards for strong challenges on Jake Taylor and then Alex Mighten midway through the first-half.

The contest became a scrappy affair as the half drew to a close with either side failing to keep hold of the ball, but The Reds had a glorious chance to take the lead again when a free-kick nearly went all the way through, but Lawrence-Gabriel got on the end of it and prodded it off the post and out, keeping the score level at the break.

Just four minutes into the second half and Johnson was so close to giving Forest the lead when he was played through on goal and fired an effort with his left foot, but the Crewe ‘keeper made a stunning stop to tip it over the bar.

But just after the hour mark, two quick fire goals from The Reds gave them a convincing lead. Firstly, En-Neyah's teasing cross was turned into his own net by a Crewe man, before Mighten’s excellent run and cross teed up En-Neyah at the back post who powerfully fired home to make it 2-0, before he was replaced by Kieran Hayes.

Tyrese Fornah also came on to replace the industrious Alex Mighten to help sure things up for The Reds, and he then got on the score sheet in the final minute as he fired a shot into the net from inside the area as Jimmy Gilligan’s side ended 2018 with three points.

Forest: Bossin, Lawrence-Gabriel, Preston (c), Coveney, Ahmedhodzic, Stewart, Taylor, Johnson (Hayes 69’), Gomis, En-Neyah, Mighten (Fornah 76’).

Subs not used: Soloha, Sodeinde, Richardson.

Goals: Own goal 64’, En-Neyah 66’, Fornah 90’

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