Nottingham Forest’s Under 21s suffered a 2-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday this afternoon.
Goals from Tom Lees and Ryan Meadows handed the Owls victory over a depleted Forest side.
Under 21s coach Jimmy Gilligan said: “We had a very, very young team out due to the fact the majority of kids who play for us are preparing for the FA Youth Cup.
“We had an even more inexperienced team than normal playing against an experienced Sheffield Wednesday side who included Lees and Michael Turner in central defence.
“We had some good chances to equalise and a goal chalked off for a very close offside but overall, considering the age of the group, the effort and endeavour from the lads was absolutely superb.
“As a coach you ask the players to do everything they can and I think they did that today.”
Forest: Evtimov (c), Re, Wood, Burns (McClean 58'), Karo, Kelly, Gomis, Taylor, Walton (A.Wright 54'), Thorne, Austin