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11 February 2019 Venue Nottingham Forest Football Academy Attendance

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Nottingham Forest U23
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Sheffield United U23

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Match preview: Under 23s vs Sheffield United

11 February 2019

Nottingham Forest Under 23s return to league action on Monday when they welcome Sheffield United to the Forest Academy in the Professional Development League (kick-off 1pm).

Jimmy Gilligan’s side have seen their last three fixtures postponed due to the weather and they will be itching to get back out there to secure a much needed three points.

The Reds are currently in eight position in the league while The Blades are in sixth and seven points ahead, having played two extra games. The last outing between the two sides finished 2-2 back in September, after goals from Virgil Gomis and Brennan Johnson were cancelled out by two second half strikes.

Admission is free to supporters but please be aware there is a limited amount of car parking available at the Forest Academy.

There will be live updates via the Nottingham Forest Academy Twitter account and a match report at the full-time whistle at nottinghamforest.co.uk.

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Under 23s: Forest 1-0 Sheffield United

11 February 2019

Nottingham Forest Under 23s secured a much-needed three points this afternoon as they defeated Sheffield United 1-0 in the Professional Development League.

Yassine En-Neyah’s 12th-minute opener was enough to condemn The Blades to defeat at the Forest Academy with Liam Bridcutt, Jamie Ward and Pele all getting valuable game time.

The Reds should have taken the lead a minute before they scored with En-Neyah nodding over a good cross from Jayden Richardson, but he made amends a minute later as he scored what would prove to be the winning goal. The Irishman fired his side into the lead as he prodded the ball home at the near post.

Forest could have had a second on 17 minutes when the industrious En-Neyah ran through on goal, but Jake Eastwood in The Blades' goal did well to divert the ball over the top. Forest continued to dominate the half with Bridcutt commanding things in the centre, as they went into the break a goal up.

The visitors started to impose themselves in the second half as Forest lost their dominance, but both sides failed to create any other clear-cut chances. Oliver Greaves then went close for The Blades however, forcing Liam Bossin into a good save after he found some space inside the box.

Jimmy Gilligan made some changes with Brennan Johnson being replaced by Kieran Hayes, before Pele and Ward were brought off for Tyrese Fornah and Idris Kadded.

En-Neyah had most of the chances for Forest and he had another when an excellent cross picked him out but his glancing header edged wide of the target. Fornah was then shown a yellow card for a challenge in the centre.

The final opportunity went Forest’s way as Hayes broke the offside trap and put an effort goalwards, but the ‘keeper did well to block it, as The Reds secured a big three points in the league.

Forest: Bossin, Richardson, Taylor, Bridcutt, Lawrence-Gabriel, Stewart, Appiah, Pele (Fornah 78'), En-Neyah, Johnson (Hayes 70'), Ward (Kadded 78')

Subs not used: Wright, Coveney

Goal: En-Neyah 12'

Images provided by Dan Westwell.

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