Nottingham Forest’s Under 18s suffered defeat in their first home game of the season as they were beaten 2-1 by Huddersfield Town on Saturday.Jake Mulraney’s 51st-minute strike had given Forest the lead but The Terriers turned the game on its head with two goals in the space of six second-half minutes.
The Reds had seen plenty of possession throughout the contest and took the lead six minutes into the second half when Huddersfield failed to clear their lines and Mulraney was on hand to fire home from inside the penalty area.
Despite falling behind, the visitors weren’t about to give up and hit back with a double salvo to settle the contest.
Regan Booty curled a left-footed shot from the edge of the penalty area past Aaron Myles before William Boyle headed home an in-swinging corner to ensure the away side took all three points back to West Yorkshire.
Interim lead professional development coach Steve Chettle was disappointed with the standard of football on display and told nottinghamforest.co.uk that the players have a lot of hard work to do in the coming weeks.
Chettle said: “The performance wasn’t great and that was our main concern. We started the season with a very good performance at Barnsley but this wasn’t quite so good from our boys.
“We thought once we had taken the lead that we would push on but it just didn’t happen. We were extremely disappointed to concede from a set-piece but it is something we will work on.
“The boys need to work much harder when they don’t have the ball and defend as a unit from back to front, but these are all things that we can improve on in games to come.”
Team: Myles, Polimos, Kelly, Schoenecker, Worrall, Arrowsmith, Petravicius (Thomas 65'), Gnahore, Elliott (Walker 65'), Tounkara (Walton 60'), Mulraney
Unused subs: Worthington, Dearle
Scorer: Mulraney 51'