A brace from Tyler Walker and a late strike from Kamal Guthmy handed Nottingham Forest’s Under 21s a morale-boosting 3-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday this afternoon.Kelvin Wilson featured in The Reds’ starting line-up at The Nigel Doughty Academy as he stepped up his return from injury and the defender saw his teammates edge in front with just two minutes on the clock.
A well-worked interchange between Stephen McLaughlin and Jorge Grant led to the latter skipping to the by-line and delivering a low cross into the box which Walker was able to stab home from no more than three yards out.
Forest had made much the brighter start and could have doubled their advantage on 20 minutes. McLaughlin was looking lively up front but could only send his powerful shot from a tight angle just wide of the target.
The visitors made their first foray into Forest territory soon after as centre-back Ryan Sellers had to be alert to get in the way of a stinging effort from former Reds midfielder David Prutton.
Wilson made his way off shortly before the interval as he was replaced by Michael Hollingsworth but the home side kept up the pressure as the second half got underway.
Another flowing passing move through midfield allowed Forest another sight of goal but Josh Rees was inches away from doubling the lead as his low effort came back off the post. Grant fired the rebound narrowly wide of Joe Wildsmith’s goal.
Wednesday weren’t proving much of an attacking force at the other end but showed they were still in the contest as Mani Dieseruvwe sent a warning shot inches over Ross Durrant’s crossbar.
The Reds had been the stronger side all afternoon and deservedly sealed victory with a devastating double 15 minutes from time.
Again the Grant-Walker combination was proving too hot for Wednesday to handle and as the midfielder stood up another excellent cross to the back post, Walker was on hand to cushion a header into the net.
And Forest added some gloss to the scoreline through Guthmy’s strike two minutes later. The left back bombed on into the visitors’ half before sending a speculative effort into the top corner of Wildsmith’s goal.
The result was not a flattering one for Charlie McParland’s side and they will hope to build on today’s win when they take on Crewe Alexandra at home in a week’s time (Friday 28 March, kick-off 2pm).
Team: Durrant, Polimos, Wilson (Hollingsworth 39’), Sellers, Guthmy, Blake, Rees, Wallace, Grant, Walker (Otim 86’), McLaughlin