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Under 23s: Birmingham 5-2 Forest

28 April 2017

Nottingham Forest Under 23s ended their Professional Development League with a 5-2 defeat against Birmingham City this afternoon.

Lewis Walters hit a brace but it wasn't enough for Jack Lester's side as they ended the 2016-17 campaign with a defeat.

Forest started brightly and Toby Edser curled a free kick just wide before the home side took the lead as Reece Brown fired home from the edge of the box. The opening goal saw The Blues take control of the game and they doubled their advantage as Wes Harding found the net via a deflection.

The Reds fought back and showed good character, reducing the arrears just before the half-hour mark through Walters. The forward latched onto a ranging pass from Adam Crookes before firing past goalkeeper Connal Trueman.

Forest came out of the blocks in the second half and could have found the leveller as Virgil Gomis shot wide following Edser's through ball. Walters saw his cross-shot tipped onto the crossbar before he found his second and The Reds' equaliser on 71, slotting home Alex Iacovitti's pass. 

Forest couldn't complete the comeback though and take the lead, with Birmingham instead gaining the advantage with three goals in the final ten minutes. Charlie Lakin tapped home on 80 and Brown added his second goal, firing in from 20 yards. 

Daniel Cleary headed a fifth for The Blues to finish the scoring after an impressive display from a youthful Forest Under 23 side. 

Forest: Wright, Ahmedhodzic, Preston (Charlesworth 62'), Trialist, Iacovitti, Crookes, Taylor (Johnson 46'), Edser, Gomis, Appiah, Walters (McCormick 76') 

Unused subs: Shelvey, C. Smith

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