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Fourth straight win for Under 21s

15 September 2014

A goal in each half from Stephen McLaughlin and Derrick Otim earned Nottingham Forest's Under 21s a 2-0 win over Birmingham City this afternoon.

Jimmy Gilligan's side featured first-team players David Vaughan, Dorus de Vries and Dexter Blackstock with the Welshman playing 45 minutes and de Vries and Blackstock completing the whole 90.

Forest made a bright start at The Nigel Doughty Academy and took a deserved lead on 13 minutes.

Vaughan curled in a beautifully-weighted corner from the right-hand side and McLaughlin was alert enough inside the box to place his header past Callum Preston in the visitors' goal.

The Irish striker was causing all sorts of problems for Birmingham and he could have doubled his tally on the half-hour mark but his powerful effort cleared the crossbar.

De Vries hadn't been called upon until the 37th minute of the contest but when he was forced to make a save, he produced a strong stop to prevent Charlie Adams's stinging strike.

The home side were dictating much of the play and should have been further ahead three minutes before half-time but Preston pulled off a point-blank save to deny Blackstock from doubling the lead.

Vaughan was replaced by Otim at the break and despite a strong tempo in the second half, goalscoring opportunities were proving hard to come by for both sides.

Blues substitute David Popa forced a good save from de Vries midway through the second half as he volleyed the ball towards goal but the Dutchman was equal to his strike.

And Forest finally made the game safe on 81 minutes thanks to a classy finish from Otim.

After picking the ball up on the left-hand side of the Birmingham penalty area, the midfielder cut inside his defender before curling a superb effort past Preston and into the far corner.

That was enough to secure a fourth win on the bounce for Gilligan's men and they will hope to make it five when they travel to Queens Park Rangers next Monday (22 September, kick-off 2pm).

Forest: De Vries, Guthmy (Gnahore 71'), Worrall, Riera, Fenton, Burke, Vaughan (D.Otim 46'), Rees, Grant, McLaughlin (Walker 70'), Blackstock

Subs not used: Durrant, Schoenecker

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