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Under 18s: Watford 1-4 Forest

10 September 2016

Nottingham Forest Under 18s returned to winning ways this afternoon courtesy of an impressive 4-1 victory at Watford.

The Reds had suffered defeat in their last outing at Sheffield Wednesday but made the perfect start in Hertfordshire as Virgil Gomis put them in front with less than a minute on the clock.

Will Swann doubled the advantage with only a quarter of an hour played but the home side cam back into the contest and halved the deficit before the break as Forest took a 2-1 lead into the interval.

Gareth Holmes' side started as brightly in the second half as they had in the first and Gomis was at it again five minutes into the second period as his strike restored The Reds' two-goal lead.

And with 20 minutes to play Gomis completed his hat-trick to put the seal on an excellent result and leave Holmes delighted to see his side get the result their performance had deserved.

He said: "It's a fantastic result and one which the boys deserved. We gave the players objectives this week to make better decisions both on and off the ball and I felt we did that today.

"Virgil has had a superb start to the season and his goals have made the difference today. We spoke about the need to close the game out when we are on top and we managed to do that by coming out in the second half and putting the game beyond Watford."

Forest: J.Wright, Charlesworth, Willetts, McClean, Jemson, Harbottle (Asare 85'), McCormick, Smith, Gomis (Darrby 80'), Swann (Stewart 75'), Appiah

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