A brace from Femi Akinwande was enough to condemn Nottingham Forest Under 23s to a 2-0 defeat against Colchester United at The Nigel Doughty Academy.
Jack Lester’s side had been looking to bounce back from Sunday's defeat at Huddersfield Town but fell behind on 20 minutes when Akinwande drilled a low shot into the bottom corner past Tim Erlandsson.
The Reds responded well and should have been on level terms three minutes later but Colchester goalkeeper Dillon Barnes made a superb close-range save to deny James Thorne before the striker hit the post from the rebound.
Erlandsson had to be at his best before half-time to prevent The Us from doubling their advantage. Brendan Ocran sent a 30-yard piledriver towards goal but the Forest goalkeeper leapt high to turn the ball over the crossbar.
Head coach Philippe Montanier was in attendance but he watched on as Colchester did make it 2-0 on 65 minutes. Akinwande again found space inside the Forest penalty area and sent the ball into the far corner past Erlandsson.
Forest tried to carve out some late opportunities but the visitors held firm to take all three points back to Essex and leave The Reds aiming to get back on track at Millwall next Monday (19 September, kick-off 2pm).
Forest: Erlandsson, Gabriel, J.Worrall, Nielsen, Crookes (R.Worrall 35'), Walters (Gomis 64'), Edser, Ahmedhodzic, Otim, Brereton, Thorne (A.Smith 87')