Marcus Tudgay felled his former club when he struck the winner against Derby Under 21s at The Nigel Doughty Academy this afternoon.Tudgay had seen his side fall behind courtesy of a Michael Jacobs penalty but Jonathan Greening equalised after the break to swing the balance in favour of the home side.
The pair were also joined by Robbie Findley and Karl Darlow, while Derby handed starts to ex-reds Nathan Tyson and Kieron Freeman.
And they almost took the lead on seven minutes when Michael Jacobs cut inside before rattling the post with an excellent curling effort from the edge of the area.
On 15 minutes, good build up by Forest led to Jack Andrews squaring for Kieran Wallace but the midfielder’s shot was blocked.
And a minute later Andrews was involved again, this time providing Robbie Findley with the opportunity to rattle the bar from 25 yards.
On 33 minutes, Kieron Fenton was forced to turn back after receiving the ball from Darlow. He underhit his backpass and the keeper had to be sharp to save at Tyson’s feet.
And two minutes later Darlow again denied Tyson when he got a crucial fingertip to the striker’s lob.
It was only to be a temporary reprieve, however, as the visitors went on to take the lead on 38 minutes. Jacobs was clearly felled by Greening in the area before converting the resultant penalty.
Forest had a chance to level just before half time but Wallace’s shot was blocked after Osborn had pulled it back from the byline.
The Reds did equalise after the break, however. On 49 minutes, Wallace picked it up in midfield and played in Greening who did well to fend off two defenders before sliding beyond Frank Fielding.
It was nearly 2-1 nine minutes later. Wallace found Findley in the middle but a defender did brilliantly to get across and divert the American’s shot over the bar.
Wallace was involved again on 66 minutes when he burst from midfield and produced a good save from Fielding.
And Forest took the lead from the resultant corner when Marcus Tudgay turned home after a scramble in the middle.
The Reds were in control, and on 78 minutes Findley flicked the ball into Tudgay’s path and the front man would have added his second but for a fine save from Fielding.
At the death, Greening tricked his way to the byline before finding Tudgay at the back post. His strike was deflected over for a corner. It came to nothing and the game ended 2-1.