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Kick off 11:00 (UK)

12 January 2019 Venue Nottingham Forest Football Academy Attendance

Kick off 11:00 (UK)

Nottingham Forest
0 - 1
Birmingham City

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Match preview: Under 18s vs Birmingham

12 January 2019

Nottingham Forest Under 18s will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the Professional Development League when they welcome Birmingham City to the Forest Academy this morning (kick-off 11am).

The Reds have won their last five games and are in buoyant mood after their impressive 3-2 win at Crewe Alexandra last Saturday, while The Blues are placed in sixth and will be hoping to climb their way up the table.

The Reds fell to a 3-1 defeat at Birmingham at the end of October, but three points today could see Gareth Holmes' side move five points clear at the top of the table if results were to go their way.

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

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Match Reports

Under 18s: Forest 0-1 Birmingham

12 January 2019

Nottingham Forest Under 18s saw their five-match unbeaten run come to an end on Saturday morning when they were defeated 1-0 by Birmingham City in the Professional Development League at the Forest Academy.

Jude Bellingham's goal on 20 minutes would prove to be the winner for The Blues in a frustrating game for Gareth Holmes' side.

It was an uneventful opening 15 minutes with either side failing to create any clear-cut chances, but The Blues were seeing most of the ball and looked the more likely to score. That showed when Bellingham tapped home in a goal-mouth scramble to give the visitors a deserved lead.

Chances were limited for The Reds with Ethan Dekel-Daks' curled effort from long-range the only time they tested the 'keeper in the first half.

Dekel-Daks came close to equalising after the break when his free-kick was well saved by the Birmingham stopper, but it was the visitors who continued to see most of the ball as Sam Greenwood was shown a yellow card. That changed, however, when Holmes made a double change, bringing on Riley Harbottle and Will Swan for Tawanda Mutoti and Trialist D.

Frustrations were evident amongst the home side and that showed when Malique Spooner went into the book after a succession of fouls, as Greenwood was replaced by Trialist E.

The Reds continued to push hard for an equaliser with Swan looking lively on his return from injury, but it was The Blues who came away with all three points.

Forest: Statham, Greenwood (Trialist E 72'), Spooner, Back, Trialist A, Mutoti (Harbottle 60'), Trialist B, Barnes (c), Trialist C, Dekel-Daks, Trialist D (Swan 60').

Unused subs: Liburd-Hines, Hammond.


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