Nottingham Forest’s Under 18s produced a superb comeback to claim a point in an entertaining 3-3 draw with Millwall at The Nigel Doughty Academy on Saturday.After trailing 3-1 to The Lions, Steve Chettle’s side fought back bravely as goals from Wilfried Gnahore, Tyler Walker and Modibo Tounkara gave The Reds a deserved share of the spoils.
Forest started brightly but fell behind against the run of play on 22 minutes as some poor defending allowed Millwall to score with a header from six yards out.
Despite the disappointment of conceding the opening goal, The Reds were level just five minutes later. Good work between Jake Mulraney and Jack Kelly created an opportunity for Gnahore who finished well with a diagonal shot into the corner of the net.
But The Reds were behind once again on the half-hour mark as the referee awarded the visitors a contentious penalty and the spot-kick was subsequently tucked away.
Chettle was looking for his side to respond well after half-time but they fell further behind on 49 minutes as Millwall’s centre forward raced through on goal and slid the ball underneath Ross Durrant.
Walker was on hand to halve the deficit on the hour mark as he broke free inside the area before sending a shot off the inside of the post and into the Millwall net.
And The Reds put the seal on their excellent comeback on 65 minutes as Tounkara, a half-time substitute, was on the end of a slick move and produced a tidy finish past The Lions goalkeeper.
Forest pushed to get a winner with Walker seeing a couple of chances go begging but the visitors held on to take a point.
And despite a couple of defensive slips which allowed Millwall to take the 3-1 lead, Chettle was delighted with his side’s character and admitted that they deserved at least a draw.
He said: “We were obviously disappointed with the goals we conceded but the lads were superb in the second half and the point was the least we deserved.”
Team: Durrant, Otadende, Kelly, Worthington, Arrowsmith, Elliott, Burke (Tounkara 46), Schoenecker, Walker, Gnahore, Mulraney (Walton 86)