Derrick Otim saw his second half penalty saved as Charlie McParland’s Nottingham Forest were held to a goalless draw by Huddersfield Town at The Nigel Doughty Academy this afternoon.
The visitors could have taken the lead midway through the first half as Kieron Fenton couldn’t put enough on his backpass to goalkeeper Jordan Smith. Terriers striker Max Leonard nipped in but could only push the ball wide of Smith’s near post.
The first half was a quiet affair but the second half was just nine minutes old when the match burst into life.
Otim raced onto a ball over the top of the Huddersfield defence but was then brought down in the area by the visiting goalkeeper Lloyd Allinson. The young stopper was sent off for the offence but Otim could only see his penalty saved by substitute goalkeeper Ed Wilczynski.
There were chances for both sides before the game’s end as Daniel Carr spurned a great opportunity for the visitors when well placed inside the area, firing his shot well wide of the target.
At the other end, Wilczynski and his defenders were on hand to deny Otim and Ben Osborn before Jamaal Lascelles saw his header cleared off the line by a scrambling Terriers defender.
Osborn was unfortunate to see his shot from Michael Hollingsworth's cross rattle the crossbar in the closing stages.
Forest will be disappointed that they were unable to break down the ten-man Terriers but the positive performance leaves them with a lot to build on ahead of their next game at Sheffield United.
Forest: Smith, Hollingsworth, Kamaneno (Woodward 67), M Davies (Glasscoe 80), Lascelles, Fenton, Rees, Grant, J Davies, Otim (N. Guedioura 73), Osborn
Subs not used: Wallace, Mahony
Huddersfield: Allinson, Smith, Ridghalgh, Homes, Burke (Wilczynski 54), Wallace, Hopson, Crooks, Carr (Mullin 88), Leonard, Spencer (Horsfall 90)
Subs not used: Pells