Nottingham Forest Under 21s manager Gary Brazil hopes that his side will learn from yesterday’s defeat at Wigan.An experienced Latics side powered to a 5-0 victory courtesy of a Mauro Boselli hat trick, a Ben Watson free kick and a late strike by Danny Redmond.
Both Henri Lansbury and Marcus Tudgay came through the first half unscathed as they continued their return from injury.
Despite the scoreline, Brazil remained upbeat and insisted there were positives to take from the afternoon.
He said: “We got hurt – nobody likes to get beaten 5-0, but as a learning session for some of the younger boys it was fantastic.
“Other than Henri and Marcus, who went off at half time, we had a very young side out. Wigan had a lot of Premiership experience on the pitch and hopefully our boys will come away from the game and consider the gap between where they are now and where they want to be.
“That gap was evident today but it gave the players an indication of what they need to do in order to close it.
“Let’s not get carried away with Wigan’s technical quality – there was also a degree of intensity to their work. We are trying to tell our lads that ability alone won’t get them the career that they crave – they have to show the attitude, application and desire to work at an intensity which is going to allow them to exhibit their quality.”