Nottingham Forest’s Under 18s’ unbeaten run was brought to an end as they suffered a 1-0 home defeat to Cardiff City on Saturday.The Welsh side scored the only goal of the game ten minutes before half-time through Abdi Noor and despite plenty of pressure after the break, Forest were unable to find an equaliser.
In an even first half, The Reds slipped behind on 35 minutes as Noor hit a speculative shot which crept under the body of goalkeeper Aaron Myles and into the net.
Forest responded well and could have been level at the interval but Jake Mulraney’s curling effort was well saved by the Cardiff keeper.
Kasheme Walton was introduced in the second half and soon fashioned a couple of opportunities for himself but was off target with both as The Reds fell to their first defeat in five matches.
Interim lead professional development coach Steve Chettle was encouraged by his side’s performance and believed Forest should have taken at least a point from the game.
He said: “I actually thought this performance was better than in last week’s draw with Coventry. We were better in possession and we showed a lot more energy.
“Unfortunately we didn’t have enough creativity in the final third to make many clear-cut scoring chances but for our application and effort, I thought we deserved at least a point.
“We are involved in a performance-based business here and I’m pleased with how we played. There were excellent showings from Edouard Schoenecker and Danny Elliott in particular, but I was impressed with the team’s performance as a whole.”
Team: Myles, Polimos, Worthington, Schoenecker, Arrowsmith, Elliott, Mulraney (Petravicius 56'), Gnahore, Otim, Walker (Walton 71'), Tounkara
Unused subs: Thomas, Dearle, Karo