Nottingham Forest Under 21s were beaten 3-2 in an entertaining encounter at Huddersfield Town this afternoon.Three quick-fire first-half goals were enough for the home side, despite a late attempt to claw the game back from Charlie McParland's side.
Forest, looking to get their fourth win of the league campaign started the game brightly against a strong Huddersfield side, who had won 11 out of their last 12.
The Terriers had the first real chance of the game following success beating the offside trap, but Cristian Lopez could only direct it wide.
The home side began to assert their authority further on the game and were soon rewarded when impressive new January signing Joe Lolley tricked his way into the box, and was adjudged to have been fouled by Kieran Wallace, conceding the penalty.
Captain Jordan Sinnott duly converted the penalty past Dimitar Evtimov to put his team ahead.
A free-kick given away provided the perfect opportunity for Sinnott to capitalise with a second goal. An admirably-audacious attempt flew beautifully into the top corner, leaving a watching Mark Robins purring.
Forest's midfield, containing the experience of Jonathan Greening, were unable to sustain a foothold in the game. Pacey striker Derrick Otim and the creative Stephen McLaughlin could only look on enviously from afar at the flurry of chances being created by the opposition.
The Reds defence' were looking anxiously deflated, a perfect invitation for Lopez to put the game to bed before half time.
Hesitancy inside the six-yard box as Forest failed to clear a set-piece allowed the Spaniard to instinctively bicycle-kick the ball past Evtimov.
Stern words at half time from McParland were the instigator for a much-improved second half display.
Influential Ben Osborn was having more of a say, finding pockets of space in the Huddersfield half and playing telling passes, in a similar fashion to his senior colleague Andy Reid.
Huddersfield spurned opportunities to kill the game off, with both Oscar Gobern and Lopez coming close.
The Terriers then started to allow Greening, Osborn and substitute Jack Blake to all dictate play, forcing them deeper.
Over-confidence soon spilled over into complacency for the Yorkshire side, giving Forest a route back into the game.
A high ball dropped teasingly between centre-half Joe Wright and goalkeeper Lloyd Allinson, who both failed to deal with it allowing substitute striker Tyler Walker to steal in and poke the ball home.
With the goal came a lot more urgency from the away side who unlike their senior counterparts on Saturday afternoon, were soon rewarded for their hard work in search for a second goal.
A superb marauding run from Josh Rees caused havoc among the Huddersfield back-line and the loose ball fell to a grateful Jorge Grant, who lashed the ball into the top corner past Allinson.
Despite the willingness to commit men forward late on, it was too little, too late and Huddersfield ran out deserved 3-2 winners, extending their lead at the top of the table.
Team: Evtimov, Polimos, Wallace, Rees, Worrall (Blake), Gorman, Greening, Grant, Otim (Petravicius), Osborn, McLaughlin (Walker)
Subs not used: Schoenecker, Hollingsworth
Forest have a chance to bounce straight back from this defeat, as they face a trip to bitter rivals Derby County on Friday afternoon (February 28, kick-off 1pm).