Nottingham Forest Under 23s’ six-match unbeaten run came to an end on Monday afternoon as they were condemned to a 2-0 defeat by Leeds United at Thorp Arch.
Two second half goals from Ryan Edmondson and Jordan Stevens inflicted defeat on The Reds for the first time since the opening day of the season as the hosts secured all three points.
Jimmy Gilligan made two changes to the side that defeated Barnsley at the Impact Arena last Monday with Arvin Appiah and Ryan Yates coming into the side to replace Gboly Ariyibi and Yassine En-Neyah.
The home side started the brighter of the two teams, but Forest soon settled with Arvin Appiah looking lively on the right flank. But a nasty clash of heads between Danny Preston and Leeds United winger Stuart Dallas saw the former being replaced by Yassine En-Neyah on eight minutes as The Reds changed to three at the back.
Ryan Yates came close to opening the scoring for The Reds on 20 minutes when he tried his luck on the edge of the box, but his curled effort went just over the bar. Forest had to defend well for the remainder of the half with Stuart Dallas going close on several occasions which Liam Bossin in the Forest goal was equal to.
On the brink of half-time Leeds had two good chances to open the scoring. First, Alfie McCalmont was inches away from putting the hosts in front when he twisted and turned, before firing a shot goal wards which edged just wide after a deflection. Stuart Dallas was next to go close when he got in behind the Forest defence but could only prod his effort over the bar.
A lively start to the second half would follow with Appiah testing Jamal Blackman in the Leeds goal before Leeds substitute Lewis Baker forced Liam Bossin into a good stop at the other end.
Forest continued to battle well against an experienced Leeds side, but the hosts took the lead on 59 minutes. The Reds were dispossessed in midfield and quickly punished when Ryan Edmondson ran through on goal and slotted it past Bossin to break the deadlock.
Toby Edser was replaced by Alex Mighten on 65 minutes, moments before Leeds doubled their advantage through Jordan Stevens. The Leeds winger ran through on the left side, firing an effort into the far corner.
Arvin Appiah continued to be a thorn in Leeds’ side throughout and that showed when Tom Pearce was shown a yellow card for bringing him down. Liam Bossin then pulled off a stunning save to deny Pearce before making another smart save to deny the follow up.
Kostas Megaritis for Brennan Johnson was the final change for The Reds in a spell where three yellow cards were shown in quick succession with Yates going into the book for Forest while McCalmont and Halme were also shown cards for the home side.
Virgil Gomis had the final chance to pull one back for The Reds but he could only fire over the bar from the edge of the area meaning Forest’s six-match unbeaten run came to an end in Yorkshire.
Forest: Bossin, Richardson, Preston (En-Neyah), Stewart, Coveney, Ahmedhodzic, Johnson (Megaritis), Appiah, Yates, Edser (Mighten), Gomis