Nottingham Forest’s Under 21s were held to a 2-2 draw by Leeds United at The Nigel Doughty Academy this afternoon.First half goals from Ben Osborn and Jorge Grant had given Forest a 2-0 lead but the visitors fought back well to secure a point.
With first team boss Billy Davies watching on, The Reds went in front after just 15 minutes as Osborn cut inside, drifted past two men before firing home a low shot into the corner of the net.
Forest were playing some impressive football and doubled their advantage on the half-hour mark as Grant powered home a 20-yard effort that went in off the underside of the crossbar.
Leeds responded well to going two goals behind and halved the deficit five minutes later through a curling free-kick from former Derby County man Paul Green.
And the away side were level seven minutes after half-time as striker Kalvin Philips capped a fine individual run by sliding the ball underneath Reds keeper Jordan Smith.
There was a lengthy delay midway through the second half as Leeds goalkeeper Dan Atkinson was involved in an accidental collision with Jordan Davies and was stretchered from the field.
And despite there being eight minutes of stoppage time at the end of the game, neither side could find a winner meaning the points were shared.
Head coach Charlie McParland was pleased with his side’s performance and admitted that his charges are improving all the time.
He said: “It was a superb effort by the boys today and I have to say they are learning a lot and getting better with every game.
“We passed the ball around well and scored two fantastic goals. We are disappointed not to have held onto the lead but that will only teach the lads more about how to see a game out.”
Forest: Smith, Kelly (Kamaneno 68’), Worrall, Gorman, Greening, Grant (Wallace 90), Osborn, M.Davies, Rees, J.Davies, Tudgay
Scorers: Osborn 16’, Grant 30’
Leeds: Atkinson (Dixon 68’), Coyle, Bryan, Coker, Denton (Tiesse 89’), Green, Dawson, Cook (Purver 69’), Philips, Parkin, Walters
Scorers: Green 35’, Philips 52’