Nottingham Forest Under 21s beat Wigan Athletic 1-0 at The Nigel Doughty Academy this afternoon.A second half strike by Wilfried Gnahore earned Charlie McParland’s side all three points as the Scot took charge of his first game since rejoining the club as Under 21s coach.
The first shot of note came on nine minutes when Wigan’s Nouha Dicko raced on to a ball into the right-hand channel before forcing Jordan Smith into a save at his near post.
Ten minutes later the visitors had a penalty when Gnahore was adjudged to have handled the ball inches inside his own area as he tried to block a a cross from the left. Smith guessed the right way and saved Adam Buxton’s spotkick.
The Reds responded with a chance of their own on 28 minutes but Ben Osborn’s left-footed curler from range was well saved by Mako Marioi.
Forest’s ‘keeper was then called into action again after Josh Sumner caught Matt Regan in possession. He played Dicko in one-on-one but the Frenchman could only draw a smart save from Smith.
The early stages of the second half saw both sides create a number of half-chances, but it was Forest who broke the deadlock just after the hour. Osborn cut the ball back from the byline to find Gnahore waiting in the middle to tap home past a helpless Marioi.
Forest grew in confidence from then on and they saw the game out to avenge the 5-0 defeat in October’s reverse fixture.
Team: Smith, Gorman, Fenton, Blake, Andrews (Ackroyd 90'), Regan, Osborn, Wallace, Ferrier, N'Kusu Landu (Palmer-Samuels 68'), Gnahore (Otim 75')
Subs not used: Durrant, Polimos
Scorer: Gnahore 60'