Nottingham Forest’s Under 18s found themselves on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline at Crewe Alexandra on Saturday.The Reds fellbehind after just 30 seconds as goalkeeper Aaron Myles failed to clear, allowing Crewe to nip in and take an early lead.
Forest responded well and could have been level soon after. Modibo Tounkara created two good opportunities from the left-hand side but his teammates were unable to convert.
The crossbar then twice denied Forest as they hit the woodwork from a corner before Derrick Otim came inches away from an equaliser midway through the first half.
The home side doubled their advantage on 36 minutes when some poor marking allowed them to prod home from a free-kick to leave The Reds with a mountain to climb at the break.
A bright start to the second half was exactly what the visitors needed but they were unable to halve the deficit despite substitute Jake Mulraney creating two good chances.
Having not converted those opportunities, the game was up for Forest shortly before the end as Crewe scored from a corner to leave The Reds on the end of a convincing defeat.
Interim lead professional development coach Steve Chettle admitted that, while the performance left a little to be desired, the scoreline was harsh on his side.
He said: “I thought it flattered Crewe. We weren’t good enough in both boxes but I didn’t feel that it was a 3-0 kind of game.
“Our second-half performance was much better than the first and, although we’re disappointed with the result, we’ll take stock ahead of our game against Leeds in a fortnight’s time.”
Team: Myles, Karo, Worthington, Schoenecker, Worrall, Elliott, Burke, Polimos, Otim, Gnahore, Tounkara
Subs: Otadende, Dearle, Mulraney, Walker, Arrowsmith