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Under 21s: Forest 1-3 Charlton

4 April 2016

Britt Assombalonga played an hour of Nottingham Forest Under 21s' 3-1 home defeat to Charlton Athletic at the Nigel Doughty Academy this afternoon.

Goals from Brandon Hanlan, Kenneth Yao and Regan Charles-Cook were enough to see the visitors take the points back to the capital despite a late consolation from Gerry McDonagh.

Charlton had the first chance of the afternoon when Michael Kennedy found space on the edge of the penalty area but he skimmed the crossbar with a powerful strike that was always rising.

Assombalonga, captain for the day, then had two opportunities to open the scoring but goalkeeper Dimitar Mitov came out quickly to clear the ball away before Josh Staunton blocked his shot from close range.

The Addicks had the lead two minutes before half-time though as Hanlan received a ball over the top of The Reds' defence and clipped it past Tim Erlandsson in Forest goal.

Assombalonga was replaced by Virgil Gomis on 63 minutes and Charlton double their advantage seven minutes later as Yao went on a good individual run into the penalty area before sliding the ball into the corner.

Victory was sealed for the Londoners with seven minutes to play as Charles-Cook weaved his way into the box and produced a smart finish to beat Erlandsson.

Forest got themselves on the scoresheet with three minutes remaining as McDonagh sent Mitov the wrong way from the penalty spot following a handball inside the Charlton penalty area.

The Reds will look to respond to this afternoon's defeat when they travel to Colchester United next Monday night (11 April, kick-off 7pm).

Forest: Erlandsson, Yates, Trialist, Edser, Karo, Iacovitti, Petravicius (Hayes 67'), Crookes, Assombalonga (c) (Gomis 63'), Brereton (Re 79'), McDonagh

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