Nottingham Forest’s Under 18s picked up a third straight victory with a 1-0 win at Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.Andreas Karo’s strike five minutes before half-time was enough to seal the latest success as The Reds closed the gap on the league leaders Huddersfield Town to six points.
The hosts started with a good tempo and Forest goalkeeper Ross Durrant had to be alert to make a superb double save from Reece Grego-Cox and Cole Kpekawa.
Forest then struck just before the interval as Wilfried Gnahore swung a free-kick to the back post where Karo was lurking to head the ball past the Rangers goalkeeper and into the bottom corner.
There was a let-off for The Reds on 57 minutes as Grego-Cox found the net for the home side but the effort was ruled out by the linesman for offside.
The Reds almost made the game safe in the closing stages as Mulraney curled a shot towards goal but Smith produced a fine save to prevent Forest from extending their lead.
QPR stepped up their chase for an equaliser in the final minutes but The Reds were able to weather the storm and bring the home side’s unbeaten start to an end.
Interim lead professional development coach Steve Chettle was thrilled to see his side rack up another victory and reserved praise for a number of his players.
He said: “We haven’t played QPR for a number of years so this game was a step into the unknown for us. They were unbeaten so this is a massive result for us and we’re delighted.
“I thought Jake Mulraney, Derrick Otim and Ross Durrant were all outstanding this afternoon. Jake was difficult for them to handle, Derrick was tricky as usual and Ross made a number of top saves to keep us ahead.
“It is all about progression for us and, as a group, I think the lads are coming on really well. They are performing well every week and results are starting to come for us so we’re very pleased.”
Team: Durrant, Polimos, Kelly, Schoenecker, Worrall, Karo, Mulraney, Gnahore, Otim, Walker (Worthington 68'), Tounkara (Elliott 87')
Unused subs: Arrowsmith, Dearle, Walton
Scorer: Karo 39'