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U21s Friendly: Reds 2-3 Fulham

7 August 2013

Two goals in second-half stoppage time earned Fulham Under 21s a 3-2 victory over Charlie McParland’s Nottingham Forest in a friendly at The Nigel Doughty Academy this afternoon.

Forest went ahead ten minutes before half-time as striker James Demetriou looped a well-placed header over the goalkeeper, but the visitors quickly pegged them back after The Reds failed to clear their lines and were punished by the Fulham centre forward. 

The home side thought they’d won it with three minutes to go as Nabil Guedioura fired home a close range effort but were left shell-shocked as a late double salvo from Fulham sealed the win for the away side. 

Despite the result, Under 21s coach Charlie McParland praised the efforts of his players against a strong Category One side, but admitted they need to iron out the mistakes. 

Speaking after the game, he said: “We were 2-1 up in injury time, so it’s disappointing. We scored a couple of good goals and also hit the post, but the three goals we gave them were very poor. 

“The lads are still learning their trade – they were playing against a good Fulham team and had to concentrate more to kill the game off. 

“But I thought the effort and some of the play we showed was absolutely fantastic.”

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