Nottingham Forest’s Under 18s went down 3-1 to their Birmingham City counterparts on Saturday.A sloppy start from The Reds allowed Birmingham to cruise into a three-goal lead with only half an hour on the clock as The Blues provided Forest with a lesson in clinical finishing.
Despite being stunned by that early bombardment, Forest picked themselves up and responded well as Derrick Otim fired home just before the break to reduce the arrears.
Good work between Luke Thomas and Ilias Polimos led to the latter delivering a pinpoint cross to the near post which Otim met and smashed home from an acute angle.
Interim lead professional development coach Steve Chettle was disappointed with the way his side started but insisted there were some positives to take from the game.
He said: “The first half an hour obviously didn’t go very well but we improved after that and played some good football. We closed them down better, moved the ball quicker and deservedly got a goal just before half-time.
“It really was a game of two halves and to be honest, we found ourselves three goals down when our goalkeeper hadn’t really had a save to make.
“We are annoyed to have been beaten but the second half was a much improved performance and hopefully we will build on that when we take on Crystal Palace next Saturday.”
Team: Dearle, Polimos, Kelly, Schoenecker (Worthington 68’), Worrall, Karo, Mulraney, Gnahore, Otim (Walker 87’), Tounkara, Thomas (Elliott 45’)
Unused subs: Arrowsmith, Walton
Scorer: Otim 45'