Nottingham Forest Under 23s produced a determined display to earn a 2-2 draw at Leicester City in the Premier League Cup on Friday afternoon.A header from Frederik Nielsen and a Ben Brereton penalty were enough to ensure Jack Lester's side took a point away from the Loughborough University Stadium as The Reds got off the mark in Group E at the third attempt.
Forest head coach Lester made four changes to the side that beat Barnsley on Monday night while the home side included senior players Jeff Schlupp, Bartosz Kaputska and Yohan Benalouane in their starting line-up.
The two teams traded chances in the opening stages but it was Leicester who took the lead on 22 minutes when Kaputska's corner fell to the feet of Schlupp and he rifled the ball past Jordan Smith off the underside of the crossbar.
Forest weren't to be behind for long though as they levelled the contest a minute later. Nielsen had seen an attempt cleared off the line moments earlier but made no mistake from the resulting corner, powering a header into the net.
There were 30 minutes on the clock when The Reds went in front for the first time. Brereton was adjudged to have been brought down by Benalouane inside the box and the striker stepped up to slot the spot-kick into the corner.
Both sides made changes in the second half and it was one of Leicester's substitutes who got the final goal on 70 minutes. A cross from Matt Miles found Raul Uche at the back post and he nodded the ball past Smith to make it 2-2.
That was to be the last goalscoring action of the afternoon as Forest took a well-deserved share of the spoils and also made it six matches without defeat in all competitions.
Forest: J.Smith, Charlesworth, Jemson, Nielsen, Crookes, McClean, Otim, R.Worrall (Harbottle 82'), Taylor, A.Wright (Gomis 76'), Brereton (Walters 62')