Nottingham Forest Under 23s secured a convincing win in the Professional Development League by beating Ipswich Town 3-1.
Goals from Mustapha Carayol, Joao Teixeira and Yassine En-Neyah secured the points for Forest as an experienced side dominated the game and fully deserved the win.
The Reds dominated the early possession but the first chance fell to the visitors on six minutes. Andre Dozzell played a neat one-two with Conor McKendry on the edge of the box and found himself with space inside the area but his shot was tame and Dimitar Evtimov held well.
Captain Toby Edser had Forest's first effort on goal after 13 minutes, picking a loose ball up around 20 yards from goal but his controlled effort was straight at Michael Crowe and then Apostolos Vellios had his first sight of goal on 16 after good work by Joao Teixeira, with his shot deflecting wide from 10 yards.
The Reds started to show their experience as the senior players began to assert their dominance on the game. Gboly Ariyibi got in down the right-hand side a couple of times, firstly his he found Carayol whose shot was blocked and then Vellios couldn't get on the end of a low cross.
Forest took advantage of their dominance on 27 minutes as a great finish by Carayol gave them the lead. The winger found himself in plenty of space on the left and he cut inside his man before firing a ferocious effort past Crowe and into the far corner.
The visitors responded well though and were level on 34. A lucky break put Ben Folami in down the left and he squared for Morris who turned his man before hitting a low shot past Evtimov to equalise against the run of play.
Carayol, a constant threat, again cut inside on 37 and hit another vicious shot which stung the palms of keeper Crowe and then teed up Vellios on 42 who nodded a header wide of the target.
The Reds almost went back in front right on the stroke of half time. Carayol skipped past the full back and got to the byline before pulling the ball back for Edser. The midfielder scuffed his effort and then Vellios flicked it goalwards, but Crowe managed to gather on the goalline.
The away side started the second half well and would have taken the lead had it not been for a superb block by Anel Ahmedhodzic on 48 when Ben Folami looked destined to score at the back post.
Vellios had another chance for The Reds on 51 as good skill by Ariyibi got him to the byline and the Greek striker couldn’t make contact with his cut back, and a swift break two minutes later led to Teixeira bending an effort over the bar.
Teixeira made up for that miss on 61 as he restored The Reds’ lead. Carayol beat his man again down the left-hand side and played a good ball back to the midfielder who controlled and fired into the top corner.
Five minutes later and Forest’s lead was doubled through En-Neyah. The youngster, who had just come on for Carayol, played a neat one-two with Edser on the edge of the penalty area before his low effort beat Crowe at his near post to make it 3-1.
The Reds dominated the rest of the game but failed to trouble the Ipswich goal further. Folami had a good chance for the visitors in injury time but headed wide when well placed at the back post, and Forest saw the game out to seal the three points.
Forest: Evtimov, Charlesworth, Lam, Ahmedhodzic, Iacovitti, Edser, Tshibola, Ariyibi (Gomis 80’), Teixeira, Carayol (En-Neyah 61’), Vellios
Unused subs: J. Wright, A. Smith, Crookes
Goals: Carayol 27', Teixeira 61’, En-Neyah 66’
Booking: Teixeira 57’
Ipswich: Crowe, Wolfenden (Salaudeen 9'), Nydam, Blanchfield (McGavin 84’), Smith, Webber, McKendry (Ndaba 66’), McDonnell, Morris, Dozzell, Folami
Unused subs: Hayes, Davies
Goal: Morris 34'