A strong first-half performance from Nottingham Forest's Under 18s was not enough as they were beaten 3-2 by Ipswich Town on Saturday afternoon.The Reds had suffered defeat by the same scoreline in their opening game of the season at Colchester United and were looking to put things right by achieving victory over the Tractor Boys.
Gareth Holmes' side made a positive start at the Nigel Doughty Academy and went 2-0 ahead courtesy of a brace from Virgil Gomis, his second and third goals of the campaign following his opener against Colchester last weekend.
Forest could have added to their tally before half-time but were left to rue their missed opportunities as Ipswich came on strong in the second half to score three times and take three points back to Suffolk.
Holmes was left disappointed at the final scoreline and says there is much to work on for his side ahead of another home game against Hull City on Saturday (kick-off 12pm).
He said: "It was a similar story to last week but it was definitely an improved performance in certain areas. We had a young team out there and in the end I think Ipswich's physicality showed as our boys tired slightly.
"We still have improvements that we can make and it is important that the boys show they can concentrate for the full 90 minutes. We've shown a little bit of naivety at times but that will go as the boys play more games.
"We have to be patient with some of our younger players but I'm happy that we're pushing them through into older age groups and challenging them."