Nottingham Forest Under 23s suffered another defeat in the Professional Development League as they lost 2-1 at Crewe Alexandra on Wednesday afternoon.
The Reds took an early lead on nine minutes through Arvin Appiah but they were soon pegged back when Crewe responded well to the goal by winning a penalty. Lewis Reilly stepped up for the hosts as he converted the penalty past Liam Bossin to bring his side level.
Crewe struck again just before half-time through Michael Raines as The Reds went into the break a goal down.
Forest had a glorious chance to pull themselves level when the referee awarded them a penalty shortly after the break. Virgil Gomis stepped up to take it but Will Jaaskelainen in the Crewe goal saved it to keep his side ahead.
The Reds looked to their bench for some inspiration as Yassine En-Neyah and Kostas Megaritis came on to replace Tyrese Fornah and Jake Taylor on 50 minutes before Owen Gallacher then had to replace Megaritis on the hour mark.
But the home side held on as Forest suffered another frustrating afternoon in the Professional Development League.
Forest: Bossin, Richardson, Preston, Taylor (Megaritis 50', Gallacher 60') Ahmedhodzic, Lawrence-Gabriel, Appiah, Fornah (En-Neyah 50'), Gomis, Johnson, Ariyibi
Unused subs: Wright, Harbottle