Nottingham Forest Under 21s coach Charlie McParland praised his side’s first-half performance in this afternoon’s 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday.Goals from Marcus Tudgay and Deimantas Petravicius sent The Reds into the break 2-0 up and, despite a mini Owls resurgence in the second-half which saw the deficit cut by half, Forest held on to claim all three points.
The match gave Tudgay, Jonathan Greening and Simon Gillett an invaluable 90 minutes’ playing time and McParland was pleased with their contributions.
He said: “The senior boys who were in the team, Gillett, Tudgay and Greening, showed a great attitude again and it was a good run out for them.
“I thought we were absolutely brilliant in the first-half - our attitude, the way we passed it about, the way we got in behind. I thought we should have scored more than two goals.
“The move for Deimantas’ goal was fantastic – there were a few just as good as that where we should have finished things off. Wednesday had to change their shape to deal with us and I was really pleased with that.
“We were that much on top that, at half-time, I simply told them to keep doing the same things, not to take liberties and to try to go on to score another few goals. But we made a few changes and stopped passing it like we did in the first-half. It upset us a bit.”