Derrick Otim’s goal was not enough to prevent Nottingham Forest’s Under 18s from slipping to a disappointing 2-1 home defeat to Birmingham City on Saturday.The Reds made much of the early running with an impressive first-half performance and took a deserved lead shortly before the half-hour mark.
A deep cross from Jake Mulraney was headed back across goal by Modibo Tounkara and Otim was on hand inside the penalty area to head home from close range.
Forest had opportunities to increase their advantage but were made to rue their profligacy as Birmingham struck either side of half-time to snatch all three points.
Academy Manager Gary Brazil was impressed by his side’s opening to the game but insists his players must learn how to kill games off.
He said: “I thought we were excellent for the first 35 minutes of the game. We were inventive and created a number of very good opportunities. Unfortunately we didn’t make the goalkeeper work enough and we were made to pay for that.
“It is a major source of frustration to me that we aren’t winning games that we should be. We will go back to the training ground and work hard on improving our concentration levels. The players have all the ability but at the moment they lack that little bit of application.”
Team: Durrant, Polimos, Kelly, Schoenecker, Karo, Worrall, Mulraney, Gnahore, Otim, Walker, Tounkara
Subs: Burke, Dearle, Walton, Worthington, Arrowsmith
Scorer: Otim 22'