Three goals in ten minutes secured all three points for Nottingham Forest Under 23s as they beat Bristol City 4-3 in a stunning second half turnaround at Ashton Gate in the Professional Development League.
Two goals from substitute Yassine En-Neyah and a Kieran Hayes strike off the bench ensured that The Robins were beaten at home for the first time since October after Forest came back from 3-1 down.
The Reds made the worst possible start when the hosts took the lead after just four minutes. Kasey Palmer slipped through Matty Taylor who slotted the ball past Wright and into the net. It could have been two for The Robins minutes later when the goal-scorer Taylor pulled it back to Palmer in a good position, but the latter put effort wide of the target.
Palmer was proving lively for the home side and he had another good opportunity when he curled an effort towards goal which edged just wide of the far post. But Forest soon levelled the scores after.
Arvin Appiah brought the ball forward for The Reds before feeding through Jayden Richardson and the defender made no mistake by firing the ball past Max O’Leary and into the Bristol City goal. Diogo Goncalves then tried to make it two for The Reds when he lined up a free-kick which went narrowly wide of the post as the two sides went into the break level.
Chances were few and far between in the opening stages of the second half with Liam Walsh being shown a yellow card for the home side before Malique Spooner was cautioned for a late challenge on Palmer, who was also booked for his reaction.
The Robins then regained the lead through Watkins when he beat the Forest man to the ball and nodded in from Niclas Eliasson’s cross. City then had three just four minutes later when Hakeeb Adelakun played through Tom Richards, and the substitute fired it past Wright.
But an astonishing ten minutes saw The Reds level. Substitute En-Neyah pulled a goal back for The Reds before Kieran Hayes smashed in a leveller after some good work from Richardson on the right. En-Neyah then had his second and Forest’s winner when he netted again four minutes from time to secure a huge three points.
Forest: Wright, Richardson, Spooner, Pelé (Taylor 73'), Wague (c), Stewart, Appiah, Johnson, Ansarifard (En-Neyah 73'), Carvalho (Hayes 73'), Gonçalves
Subs not used: Soloha, Coveney
Goals: Richardson 34’, En-Neyah 75', 86', Hayes 78'