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Under 21s edged out by Rs

23 September 2014

Nottingham Forest's Under 21s suffered their first defeat of the season yesterday with a 2-1 reverse at Queens Park Rangers.

Jimmy Gilligan's side travelled to face the London side, who were unbeaten themselves, but went down to a slender loss despite Tyler Walker's late consolation strike.

The Rs were quickly out of the blocks and hit the front after just five minutes. Reece Grego-Cox latched onto a ball from Yun Suk-Young before slotting home past Ross Durrant into the bottom corner of the net.

Nikolay Todorov had two chances to bring The Reds level before half-time but could take neither. His acrobatic effort from Wilfried Gnahore's corner was well held by Brian Murphy in the Rangers goal before the Bulgarian was unable to turn Oliver Burke's cross home.

Durrant had to be alert after the interval to prevent Rangers from furthering their advantage. The Forest keeper first palmed away Jordan Gibbons's curling strike before smothering Michael Doughty's header from Bruno Andrade's delivery.

The Reds stopper was soon beaten for a second time as Doughty got on the end of a Frankie Sutherland free-kick from the right and guided a cute header past Durrant and into the far corner.

Walker pulled a goal back with five minutes to play as he latched onto Josh Rees's crossfield ball before firing past Murphy from 18 yards but it wasn't enough as The Reds slipped to defeat in London.

Starting XI: Durrant, Polimos, Kelly, Crookes, Riera, Fenton, Burke, Rees (c), Todorov, Gnahore, Walker

Subs: Schoenecker, Dearle, Worrell, Otim, McDonald

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